My Survival Story

“Anyone who survives a test is obliged to tell their story.”

Elie Wiesel, author and Nazi concentration camp survivor

If you are in a depressed or suicidal state, you may believe that you are the only one who feels this way. This can compound your feelings of isolation, hopelessness, and despair. 

I want to let you know that you are not alone. Starting at age eighteen, I have had multiple depressive episodes, each of which resulted in periods where I seriously contemplated suicide. 

After reading about my struggles in the links below, I hope you will see that other people have faced the same challenges that you face. In addition, after you learn how I coped with my suicidal thoughts and survived, you may think, “If Douglas was able to get better, perhaps so can I.”

Being suicidal is like driving through a curved tunnel. At some point, the tunnel becomes totally dark, and you cannot see the exit. I hope that my story of recovery will give you the faith that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that one day you will feel that life is worth living again.