Elizabeth: Under a Shadow

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Sep 12, 2018 6:41:10 PM

I came to Anna Ogden Hall in May 2017, just so broken. I didn’t think I could get more broken. I was like no smile at all. I would cry all the time and triggers every five minutes. It was getting pretty ridiculous. I didn’t think this program was right for me at first. I would tell staff, “I don’t know. I think you got the wrong girl. I don’t have a substance addiction.”

My addiction was people pleasing. I became the queen of people pleasing, but even as I was pleasing and pleasing, it never felt good enough, and I was on this constant mission of trying to fix my family.

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My Personal Suicide Prevention Plan

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Mar 9, 2017 4:48:05 PM

Editor's note: Barbara opened up about her struggle with depression in the last post. Here, she follows up with the practical ways she manages that struggle.

By Barbara Comito, Director of Marketing & Communications

Every September, I mean to write something for Suicide Prevention Month. Every time a celebrity suicide makes the news and the handful of times suicide has indirectly touched my life, I mean to speak out. I mean to break the silence, but it is harder than it seems like it should be. I know that silence is part of the problem, that it leaves hurting people in isolation, that its only benefit is to protect my image, and still, I hesitate. I feel ashamed.

Good Christians don’t toy with the idea of suicide.

Or do they?

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An Inside Look at Depression

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Feb 25, 2015 4:33:00 PM

Depression is common among those beginning recovery at UGM. In the first part of an interview with Jan Vetter, UGM LIFE Recovery Counselor, Jan sheds light on the mental disorder based specifically upon her experience at the Center for Women and Children.  

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