The recent suicide of Robin Williams brought to the forefront issues of depression, drug abuse and chronic illness. Every day, every where and every place in this nation, someone commits suicide. No group is immune.
For this reason, Angie Fowler chooses to share her story of hope.
“No matter how bad things seem to be, something better will happen,” said Fowler.
After struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts and behavior, Fowler is now glad that she is alive and chooses to speak about her experience to reduce the stigma.
However, she does understand isolating and losing hope in the future, and she encourages people to get help.
“If you’re feeling low, tell a family member,” she said. “Tell a friend. Keep telling someone so you can get the help you need. No matter how bad things seem to be, something better will happen.”
Her suggestions include leaning on her support system, getting involved in volunteer work, counseling, and medication. “Be as honest as possible,” she said. “Professionals will not judge.”
She understands, though, that it’s not an easy problem to solve. “You have to keep plugging away at it,” said Fowler. “I’m thankful my suicide attempts didn’t work.”
Fowler now enjoys her wonderful children and grandchildren. “I found hope again,” she said.
“There is always a light at the end of the tunnel,” Fowler said. “We can retrain our brains to start accepting good things in our lives.”