This is a story about depression, anxiety, and suicide. During my junior year of college, on November 15, 2016, I experienced my first and last suicide attempt. I was in dark place for years and thought that taking my own life would be the only way to finally feel some light. Thankfully, I am surrounded by family and friends, who truly love and care about me. It was through their support and warmth that I was able to push through this difficult time. With that said, this project is not intended recreate wounds or induce trauma. This project is of service. There is a stigma surrounding mental health, and often it is not talked about in communities of color. I understand that it is difficult and something that will probably affect me for the rest of my life. However, with photography and poetry, two art forms that I cherish, I can share my story in a light that is healing for me and hopefully for other people who share the same struggle. I am not alone. You are not alone. We are not alone.

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