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Community 

 

Surviving suicide and overcoming depression and other mental illnesses is the most important thing you will ever do.  

Every person has a story worth hearing! We want to encourage you to share your story with the world to help encourage others. 

Know someone who has survived suicide, depression, or is living with mental illness?

Nominate them to be featured on our Community page! 

*Nominations are not a contest. We feature all submitted survivors.* 

Rollins Stallworth 

I have lost a number of close friends and family to suicide, which puts me at a greater risk to develop depression and develop suicidal thoughts myself. Each loss has come with it's own intensity of heartache, rollercoaster of grief and levels of confusion. However, I have been able to compile the tragedy of each loss into a positive, motivating force everyday through gratitude, internal reflection and external support. I would tell anyone that has been or is currently impacted by suicide that #ItsNotOKbutItWillBe. There are people, communities and resources to help you. Do not hesitate to reach out while looking within yourself with an attitude of gratitude. 

Rollins Stallworth

Nathan D. 

I grew up in poverty and experienced many traumatic events as a child. I was abused physically, mentally and emotionally all throughout my childhood and by the time I reached 14, I was kicked out of my parents house. Without the proper resources to seek professional help, I developed a series of mental health issues including depression and suicidal thoughts. After my first suicide attempt, I was diagnosed with Severe Major Depressive Disorder and Autism. I continue to struggle with depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation, but with professional help and gratitude itself, I am living one day at a time. I am eternally grateful that God saved me from myself and am able to share my story, spread my light, and have a positive impact in other peoples lives.

Nathan

Savannah S. 

My first suicide attempt was at the age of 13, when I felt like my life didn't have a purpose. I have been bullied, made fun of for many different things about me, which have made me question my worth. But, I've recognized that people being mean was more about them that it was about me. I am confident in myself and my story, and want to encourage others to feel the same way. 

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Torry T. 

I've struggled with depression on/off for as long as I can remember. I tried talk therapy and medication when I was 15, but I didn't like it at first, so I tried to cope on my own with partying, wrenching, sports and weight lifting. These activities were helpful in the moment, but didn't address my depression head-on. When things weren't getting better, I decided to seek professional help again, pushing myself to give therapy another chance. I seek a healthy mind and body working in unison as I overcome depression. I am proud to be three years sober and am inspired to work on myself every day. 

Torry Leigh

Eden 

As a college student, I struggled to find my purpose and developed depression. I tried to cope with alcohol and partying, which only made everything worse. Now, I seek to live a mentally balanced life, without harmful coping strategies and am overcoming depression every day. 

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Brianna M. 

After my first suicide attempt. I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. I was 12 years old. It has taken time, strength, vulnerability and courage to heal and find the right therapists and treatments, but I am stronger than ever and proving that you can do anything you set your mind to. You do not have to live in your past. 

Brianna Murray

Payton M. 

I experienced several traumatic events as a teenager, including losing my best friend to suicide. Without knowing how to properly heal, process, or find help, I developed major depressive disorder, which I'm still managing 10 years later. Through reading, professional help and communicating with other survivors, I've grown to develop power over depression with every year. 

Payton Murphy

Cassidy B. 

At age 17, I was sexually assaulted by a close family friend. When I opened up to my best friend about it, she spread rumors about me. This made me feel all alone and I struggled with finding my purpose. But I've realized that my life is worth living and I am sharing my story to empower other assault survivors to recognize their worth. 

Cassidy Bernashe
Rollins Stallworth

I have lost a number of close friends and family to suicide, which puts me at a greater risk to develop depression and develop suicidal thoughts myself. Each loss has come with it's own intensity of heartache, rollercoaster of grief and levels of confusion. However, I have been able to compile the tragedy of each loss into a positive, motivating force everyday through gratitude, internal reflection and external support. I would tell anyone that has been or is currently impacted by suicide that #ItsNotOKbutItWillBe. There are people, communities and resources to help you. Do not hesitate to reach out while looking within yourself with an attitude of gratitude.