Children & Family Services
Voice of Chris
Looking back five years to when I was in middle school, I can see
the event that triggered my depression – the death of my fiveyear-
old cousin. It hit my whole family hard. Around that time, I
became unhappy with life. I didn’t talk to anyone, thinking
nobody would understand.
This went on for two years, and I held it together – barely.
I went to high school, and was overwhelmed by the major
changes. My grades slipped from A's to C's. Still, I didn’t
my friends, or parents, or anyone. Finally, over winter break of
that year, I attempted suicide.
I survived, and was hospitalized. I began taking anti-depressant
medications and participating in therapy at HSI. I could talk
about what mattered to me, and my therapist would listen and try
to help. Over time, I started expressing myself, and stopped
cutting myself off from others.
Depression doesn’t just go away. I’ve had to keep at
it with several
years of therapy and medication. My therapist has been great, and
my parents have learned more about depression and what to look
for.We have all worked together to help me recover.
Since I reached out for help, I’m happier and I’m able
live my life. My relationships with my parents and friends are
better because I am able to trust. My grades are up again, and I
making plans for college next year and really looking forward to
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