Suggest some ways in which the public can encourage meaningful and enriching conversations around mental illness and wellness.
Listen and pay attention to all the emotion. Suicide do not happened overnight. It is an accumulations of incidents which needs to be managed by people who believe in that person. This is what I am improving on, to coach people and not the problem.
Movies and videos! This was one of the first videos that gave me more insight into depression: 'I had a black dog' https://youtu.be/XiCrniLQGYc .
And movies are a good starting point to understanding the topic a little more, e.g. Silver Linings Playbook , A Star is Born, even Girl, Interrupted (yes this is a very old show).