How many lives can you save?

Lauren is in her early 20s. After she sent this note to me she reached out to her parents. She asked me to post her message here so you could see it and share it so that it would help others.

“On May 10th at 2:09pm, I thought about taking my life….Reading an article from a mother who has felt such devastating pain, you helped change my perception of life. Your article gave me the strength to share with my own mother/father what I’ve been meaning to say to them for four years.”


Note from Lauren:

I came across your post “The Final 48 Hours” today (5/17/16) on Facebook that was shared by mutual friends. I have never come across a story that has related to me more in my life.
On May 10th at 2:09pm I thought about taking my life.

Why? I have no reason to be sad about, right? One simple mental break down for a person with mental illness can cause an outburst of emotions.

The only thing going through my head; Why can’t my doctor just fix me? Why have I been on 15+ different depressant/anxiety medications the past four years? When will this sad/gloomy feeling stop? Will I ever be “normal”? Why me?

I think I don’t need a counselor; I’m fine except when I’m alone in my own head. I’ve had thoughts of suicide, but think it will pass, until the next time I’m sad again.

I talk to friends about when I’m gloomy and it’s a constant “I think you should see someone, I love you.” The love and support could heal a wounded mind for the time being, but I know I am not “cured”.

Photo credit Gene Nimocks, Genescaping, Asheville NC
Photo credit Gene Nimocks, Genescaping, Asheville NC

I cry often, but I don’t know why. I’m always sick, but I think it’s a phase that will pass. I don’t talk about it, because I don’t want to be “judged” by my peers, family members or wanting to seem like it’s only for attention.

On May 10th I know my mother was worried sick about me, I could hear it in her voice over the phone as I cried. It was the most calming; soft-spoken I’ve heard in her expression in my life.

My mother was my angel that day. Then the anxiety hits me, what if something happens to my mom? My dad? My best friend? What happens then?

I moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina from Chesterfield, Virginia to start a new life in 2014, praying everything would heal on its own. The depression/anxiety followed me. More and more doctor visits, but nothing seems to help.

I leave work early, because my anxiety decides to take over me. I sit in my bed at night and cry, but I don’t understand why. I have a panic attack and curl up in a ball until it ends and close my eyes into a deep sleep.

I wake up at 6:30am for work and wait for the vicious cycle to begin again. Constantly praying that there is a cure for me or the right “martini” (mix of medication as the doctor calls it) will start to take effect.

Your article changed my perspective on life. I have never in my life written any letter/story/journal etc. about my own depression/anxiety and this took everything I had to be honest with you and myself. I just read other stories and feel like I can relate, but not my personal experience.

When I’m having a bad/sad/depressed day, I’m thinking about the easiest approach away from it all. I do not think about life after me and what I’d leave behind. I don’t worry about what emotions I’ll leave for my loved ones.

Reading an article from a mother who has felt such devastating pain, you helped change my perception of life. Your article gave me the strength to share with my own mother/father what I’ve been meaning to say to them for four years.

Until then I am going to try and better myself every day, and keep trying the perfect “Martini” until I find the right one for me. I know I’ll never be perfect like I anticipate to be, but you’ve made an impact on my life.

Please continue to spread the awareness of mental health and impacting people’s lives. I will try and do the same and take one day at a time and with God and my family on my side anything is possible. Thank you for giving me the courage and strength to type this letter.

I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time in your life.
-God Bless, Lauren

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AnneMoss Rogers

AnneMoss Rogers is a mental health and suicide education expert, mental health speaker, suicide prevention trainer and consultant. She is author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW. She raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost her younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. She is a motivational speaker who empowers by educating and provides life saving strategies and emotionally healthy coping skills. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now that's the legacy she carries forward in her son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website.

5 thoughts on “How many lives can you save?”

  1. Wow!! Anne Moss this is why you are sharing your story! You are helping so many through your grief. I’m not sure how you are doing it – but so glad you are. Lauren- I’m so glad you read one of Anne Moss’s articles and you were strong enough to write this. You are two amazing women!!

  2. Lauren, thank you for posting such an honest heartfelt letter which explains so well the devastating feelings which overcome so many with mental illness. Reading it has helped me to better understand the feelings which my son experiences so often. I wish I had read it prior to my husband’s suicide. I tried, but I never really understood what he was going through. I wish you much success in finding the right meds. You are so brave and express your feelings so well. Your letter will help many others to get a clearer picture of the turmoil that anxiety and depression can cause in those who suffer from them.

  3. It was hard to breathe reading this beautiful, inspiring letter. Lauren , you are not alone, you are so strong , so worthy of all the splendor and happiness this world can and will offer. Hope is a mantra worth fighting for. You deserve it. Your letter gives hope to me, a Mom who watches her 15 year old son experience the very same things you are talking about. Thank you for sharing your struggles . I can’t wait to share this with my own child as I hope and pray he too will continue to fight in search of his “martini” . Your message is so important , young people like yourself are the core of what will invoke change in our community abound children like my don. Keep sharing, keep talking, keep hoping and know that there is about non army of Mom’s and Dad’s and friends and family standing with you and every other person experiencing the struggle of mental illness. Together we can and will make a difference . Thank you!

  4. AnneMoss, this is why what you are doing is so important. Not only are you hopefully helping yourself but others!
    Thank you Lauren for sharing and reaching out! It’s the beginning of your healing!

  5. Thank you, Lauren, for being so brave and sharing your story. I pray your transparency will touch and encourage others, just as Anne Moss’s has resonated with you. Such beauty and hope in the midst of darkness…

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