We received this application from a 17-year-old in Illinois to join our youth council.
In my 17 years of living, I believe I have gone through more things than any teen should have to. In the past few months, everyday I would wake up with an unimaginable weight on my shoulders. I would dredge through school with teachers, friends, and parents not understanding how I feel, what I'm thinking, and how hard it is for me not to end it all. I felt like no one knew what it was like to be on anti-depressants and still feel incredibly low. The only thing that stopped me from ending it all was this miracle of a website called, us.reachout.com. While googling ways to commit suicide I stumbled upon this website. After many hours of watching videos, reading testimonials, and doing some simple reflection, I came to the glorious conclusion to push on, and make it through. In the following months, I told my parents, started going to counseling, consulted my doctor, and started to change my personality and outlook on life. I feel like I am more than prepared and ready to take on any challenge that the committee can give me and would be honored to serve on the Reach Out Youth Council.
With your help, we are planning to bring on 8 new Council members from across the U.S. like this young man, fly our entire council (which will be 15) to San Francisco to meet each other and participate in training sessions designed to give them the skills they need to help us promote Reach Out to their peers. Thanks again for your ongoing support!