Lifetime Struggle, Hopeful Future

Lifetime Struggle, Hopeful Future

My name is John. I am 55 years old. My struggles with alcohol began in my teens. I took my first drink when I was about 13 and the drugs then came soon after. My family members have also struggled with alcohol. This type of addiction can be an inherited trait. During...

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A Holiday Wish and Decision to Reach Out For Help

A Holiday Wish and Decision to Reach Out For Help

Dear Heck/Leedy Family,  Some of you know me while others of you may not.  I was friends with the Heck family growing up, and came to know of the Leedy family while attending Lexington High School. Please allow me to start my extending my long overdue, sincerest...

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Mathew Shares His Story to Raise Awareness and Break Stigma

Mathew Shares His Story to Raise Awareness and Break Stigma

I have struggled and battled depression and anxiety since I was a teenager. I have reached a point in my life now that I finally feel safe to speak and tell my story. The purpose of this piece IS to draw attention – to draw attention and create awareness for an illness that affects many people around us. While some people do open up and tell their story, there are still many people who have sat in silence and will continue to sit in silence for a fear of judgement and a fear of being treated differently. A mental illness does not have a physical feature. It does not show on the outside of a person. Because of that, some people are really good at hiding the darkness they feel.

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A 33 Forever Friend Shares Her Story

A 33 Forever Friend Shares Her Story

My name is Melinda and I have struggled with anxiety and depression most of my adult life. I have a similar past of medications, hospitalization and treatment. The fact that I am here today is because someone grabbed me from running into 4 lanes of traffic and because...

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A Story of Survival and a Plan to Live

A Story of Survival and a Plan to Live

I have been struggling with depression and my mental health since I was 17. I hit rock bottom two years ago in January, after a failed attempt.  I spent a week in a hospital with detoxing addicts, came out and tried to go back to real life. I spent a month in...

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A Man’s Fight, Faith and Hope

A Man’s Fight, Faith and Hope

Hi, I’m a friend of some of Danielle’s family. I’m grieving the loss of Danielle even though I never met her.  When I was 25 and went to the doctor for a check-up for the first time, I told him I felt sad a lot. He gave me a quiz and I answered yes to thirteen of the...

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Drew’s Story

Drew’s Story

My name is Drew Kasper and I went to Lexington (Ohio) High School, the same school where Danielle graduated. I now attend Otterbein University. I was diagnosed with clinical depression and an anxiety disorder at fifteen years old right before my sophomore year of high...

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A Young Mom Seeks Help

A Young Mom Seeks Help

I am very sorry to hear of Dani’s passing. As a parent of a 2 year old and 4 month old, I cannot even begin to imagine the heartache and loss you must feel. Dani was a year ahead of me in school. Without a doubt, she was THEE girl every girl admired. Beautiful, funny,...

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