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Event slated Sunday in Hector to discuss depression, how to get help

Sam Eaton, an educator in the Wayzata district, will discuss his years of undiagnosed depression when he speaks Sunday in Hector at an event to discuss depression and ways to help.

HECTOR — Just One Life Matters will be presented from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart High School gym in Hector. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The event is designed to help start a community-wide conversation about depression, suicide, warning signs, and how to get help.

The content is geared toward middle and high school students, but will also benefit parents, educators, community members, and extended family. It's a message for anyone who knows someone, and that's everyone.

Just One features the story of Sam Eaton, an educator in the Wayzata district. After years of undiagnosed depression, 23-year-old Sam found himself with a decision to make.

He shares his story, but also outlines warning signs for depression and suicide, as well as action steps for those who are struggling or who notice warning signs in a friend or family member.

He has a blog and founded a ministry — Recklessly Alive Ministries — to help others through their own struggles.

The evening also features Minnesota hip-hop artist Kaboose, who raps about struggle and what it looks like to choose hope.