Saturday, May 5, 2007

YOUTH VOICES: Speaking Out About Recovery

"When I was 15, I attempted suicide," said Lorrin McGinnis. "My mom was devastated, and a lot of my friends felt hurt. As a result, I decided about a week later that, okay, I can't live for myself right now because I'm not happy, but I'm going to try to live for other people. I was trying to make the biggest impact I could in other people's lives because I felt like I couldn't do that in my own life. The ironic part is that, by doing that, it really helped me. I found purpose in my own life."

Now age 20 and studying for a degree in social work, Ms. McGinnis is a youth coordinator at Utah Allies for Families in Ogden, UT.

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