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Lauren McDonough suffered from depression since she was 13. In 2017, when Lauren was just 19, her mental state declined to the point where she made an attempt to take her own life. In this moment, Lauren’s life was to change forever.
Episode Show Notes:
What it feels like to be diagnosed with depression as a teenager [6:55]
Self-harming in high school [8:20]
The night Lauren jumped in front of a train and how the healthcare system let her down [11:30]
How our bodies and mind process traumatic events [16:01]
How to find hope when life feels so bleak [20:15]
People who suicide, don’t want to die – they want their painful experiences to stop [23:00]
The importance of having a strong support network for those who struggle with mental health. A reminder that you are not alone [27:01]
Helping people by sharing our stories outweighs worrying about what other people think [29:40]
Lauren shares her greatest fear… [30:50]
Make sure to wish Lauren a Happy Birthday on R U OK Day this year! (September 9th) [37:10]
Stay in touch with Lauren's Journey over on her Instagram account: