Lexington suicide attempt survivor helps those struggling with mental health issues

Lexington suicide attempt survivor helps those struggling with mental health issues

LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — For some, work is something you have to do but maybe don’t want to do.

However, Julie Caudill said that waking up each day to walk the halls of Participation Station helping others was her calling, as at one point she barely woke up at all.

Caudill attempted suicide 12 years ago.

“I had no support, no one to talk to, I was unemployed, I was in an abusive relationship and I just felt like everything was hopeless,” said Caudill of NAMI Lexington.

After attempting suicide, Caudill turned to NAMI Lexington and Participation Station for help. They provide a support system for those who have mental difficulties and feel alone. Caudill now helps others, like Linda Garth, through her journey there.

“It’s a family and I love seeing my family regularly. It’s important to be around people who have the same disabilities as me and to know that you are not alone in the fight against mental illness” , said Garth, a participant at the participation station.

September marks Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a fight that affects people nationwide.

Caudill said it was important this month and every month to shed light on this topic and help others just as she was helped out of her dark place, so she could continue to walk through the hallways saving more lives every day.

“I’m grateful to have my life now and I want to help others,” Caudill said.

If you or someone you know needs help, call 9-8-8 or contact Nami Lexington at 859-272-7891.

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