Find out how this LDS family is turning tragedy into hope and help for others while raising awareness of mental illness with the Emily Effect initiative.
The way Emily Cook Dyches died made the headlines, but her husband wants to make sure people also understand the way she lived. He is now using her legacy to help other mothers dealing with perinatal mood disorders.
“I was caught up in the beginning of making certain everybody knew that Emily did not choose to take her own life, but at this point it doesn’t matter,” explained Eric Dyches, Emily's husband, while surrounded by their children and her parents and siblings in their home in Salem.
“We want to end the stigma associated with suicide, mental illness and debilitating mood disorders,” he said.
On Feb. 24, Emily Dyches ran in front of a semi truck on I-15 near Nephi after her father tried to stop her.