Seek help, urges suicide survivor

By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GENEVIEVE Allan-Voets first tried to commit suicide when she was in Year 9.

Having suffered depression most of her life, Genevieve, now 18 years old, has overcome her ordeal and wants to encourage others contemplating suicide to seek help.

'Part of it was definitely wanting to escape, but it was also a fear of being hurt and not being able to trust people ? it (suicide) seemed the only way out,' she said.

Genevieve said despite making a number of attempts to commit suicide, she was able to get support from friends and counsellors.

'Really good friends helped me through it a lot ... I think if you can just speak to one or two people about how you're feeling then it can help you,' she said.

'But everyone's different ? for me, art and dance helped and writing a journal, but for other people it's sport ? there's lots of options.'

Genevieve said after her last attempt to commit suicide, about one year ago, she made the decision to do as much as she could to seek help.

'I had everything planned to try (to commit suicide) again, but I went to ATODS (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Service), Community Health, Mental Health and Women's Health and even though it still took a lot of time, I slowly got past it and got better ... and I haven't looked back since,' she said.

For more information phone ATODS on 4976 3347.



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