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Chelsey’s story: Suffering alone and in silence

Chelsey had a storybook childhood. Or at least that’s how it appeared.

Inside, she was struggling with anxiety and depression, though no one knew. At the age of 12, she attempted suicide for the first time. She told no one, and suffered in silence.

Quietly, and alone, she descended into a darkness that lasted year after year, pushed her into addiction and many more attempts on her own life.

“After nine attempts, I finally woke up one day and decided that enough was enough,” she recalls.

To learn more about Chelsey’s journey and how the United Way helped her on the road to recovery, see her story on video and other Stories of the City on our website.