As Suicide Prevention Month comes to an end, UNITY wishes to thank everyone for participating in the #IwillLive photo/essay contest. Kiana Factor, Sioux/Creek/Comanche and a UNITY youth, shares her story about struggles many youth face. She hopes her story will encourage Native youth to celebrate life.
When something bad happens, you have three choices: you can let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you. We all have had our good and bad days, but what matters most, is what you learn and take away from those days that makes you stronger..
At a young age, you never really know how to deal with the different situations life throws at you. In my twenty- four years, I have had my fair share of depression. When I was 16, I fell in love for the first time. It was during my sophomore year in high school, we were together for about a year and a half, and at that time, a year and a half felt like a long time. After we had moved on, graduated, and went on with our lives. We never really kept in contact, as is the case when a relationship ends. Then one night I received a random phone call from him. He asked how I was doing and where I had decided to go to school, and I asked him the same. It was when we had hung up that I began to wonder what was really going on with him and his life. I hadn’t tried to contact him after that to find out more, but I wish I had.