Anonymous I was 16 years old. My mother hated me, or so it seemed. She didn’t allow me to date or go anywhere with friends. I accused her of having kids just so we could do her work for her. I had an after-school job, but my mother drove me to work and back. Because […]
When I was in my mid-to-late 30′s, I experienced a clinical depression. I had everything in life to be happy about, but I was overwhelmed and felt like nothing in my life would ever be different and there was no end to my stress. I was a compulsive overeater and had quit smoking after 15 years and had my second baby and he did not sleep through the night for over 10 months. I was over-exercising and was in a vicious cycle that became more than I could handle. I remember having thoughts of suicide.
Anonymous “You are by far the most unlucky person I have ever known.” friends would tell me, with the best of intentions. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of that. Thanks, I think? Yet I was sure that 29 years of life’s unimaginable kicks to the gut and stabs in the back had taken […]
by Dr. Darcy Haag Granello (Director, The Ohio State University Suicide Prevention) My suicide-survivor story in digital-story telling