Struggling with hardships such as abuse, stigma and discrimination, homelessness, or traumatic memories can be difficult. But life can get better. Connecting with the right people, finding inner strength and tapping into local programs can make all the difference. Visit Up2SD.org to view personal story movies created by San Diegans to inspire, offer hope and challenge stereotypes.
“Several years ago my world was crushing down. Everything felt out of my control. This is when two friends introduced me to self-harm. My first reaction was ‘why would anyone do this?’ I soon realized it’s because it’s a way to have control over something and to hide my pain.
Encouraged by my friend, Christmas of 2007 was the last time I cut. Just as we had cut together, we went through recovery together. Telling each other to be strong and that we matter. I am so lucky that I have always had at least one person there for me, telling me: ‘You have more to live for.’
It might not seem like it now. But a couple of years from now you will look back and the problems won’t seem so unbearable. And if you are a friend, don’t be judgmental. Be there. And try to understand even if you don’t. Do research so you can understand what is going on with your friend. And even if they don’t want to talk to you, give them resources. Let them know you care. Let them know they have more to live for.”- Kimberly
For information about suicide prevention and local resources, visit: Up2SD.org