Donald Antrim on Growing Through Suicidal Illness

Grow Through It: Health Issues & Illness

Donald Antrim, author of One Friday in April: A Story of Suicide and Survival, describes growing through suicidal illness by going to the hospital and staying. When nothing else worked, and after a call from the author David Foster Wallace, he consented to being treated with ECT (Electroconvulsive therapy), which he says was a miracle cure. He learned to have a high regard for doctors and hospitals, that we don’t do anything alone, and the value of patience — it took a long time to get better. His advice is to try not to be afraid of the hospital, to seek treatment if you need it, and rely on your friends and family.

Wendy Sefcik, Lost Son to Suicide


Grow Through It: Loss & Grief

Wendy Sefcik talks about losing her teenage son to suicide and growing through it with the support of family, friends, and community; by learning about suicide risk in youth and teens; and “Remembering T.J.”…by raising awareness for mental health.

Dese’Rae Stage on Surviving a Suicide Attempt


Grow Through It: Romance & Heartache

Dese’Rae Stage, creator of Live Through This, a collection of portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors, describes growing through a suicide attempt with the support of friends, family, therapy, medication — and with self-knowledge.