Student feedback for Kristen

One of our speakers, Kristen, was at a school for a few days in a row, giving presentations in assemblies and classes.

After one assembly, a young girl came up to her and said, “Someone asked me to give this to you.” When Kristen read the note, she was brought to tears. It said:

“My story is that when I was 12 I thought I wouldn’t make it to high school. I had so many problems by the end of middle school that I didn’t know I needed to talk about. And because I didn’t want to talk about them, I didn’t say a word about what I was going through to anyone.

Until I was 13. I told my friend and she looked me in the eye and told me to stay with her. That she didn’t want to come to my funeral. So I did. Because I was as scared as she was for me.

And that’s when I saw being 90lbs at 11 wasn’t healthy. That being tired all the time wasn’t norman. That planning how I was going to take my life was what was ruining my life.

Before I knew what depression was, I almost lost my life to it.

But I was so used to being  told that wanting to die made me selfish. That I was the problem. So I stayed quiet because I thought people would get mad at me for hurting the way I was.

Now I’m 15 and I want to graduate. In 3 months I’ll be 16 and I’ll take the drivers test.

And I’m 287 days clean.”

“It reminded me why we do what we do,” Kristen said. “Her presence is a powerful reminder that vulnerability is not a sign of weakness, but rather a lifeline for those in need.”