After my parents’ divorce and several other traumas in my late teens and early twenties, I was done dealing with the pain of life. I did not know at that time that I was dealing with major depression.

I felt so alone dealing with my depression.

I had been trying to help myself and figure how to feel better on my own, but I was at the end of my own resources. My relationship with my parents was very rocky and I did not feel like I could go to them for help. After a suicide attempt, a friend recommended HopeNet to me. Even though I knew I needed help and could not figure this out on my own, it took me a week to finally call HopeNet

HopeNet was different.

From the first time I walked in the door, HopeNet felt different. Every person I met was so personable and warm. I knew they all had my best interest at heart. I never felt like just another client. They knew my name and cared about my journey.

My therapist helped me realize that my depression was based on my broken family relationships and not dealing with traumas I experienced. We used EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to help me reprocess and resolve my experiences. We would go back to those memories and eliminate the distress I associated with them.

Ready for the Future

Because my depression was rooted in my past circumstances, as my therapist and I dealt with those circumstances, my depression slowly melted away. I feel lighter now and more safe with myself. I know I am not going to hurt myself anymore. I’ve changed how I think about myself. My therapist held my hand and walked me through the hardest memories of my life and through my hardest days. She did not give up on me and now I know I will not give up on myself.