Suicide survivor shares story to inspire others to seek help

Suicide survivor shares story to inspire others to seek help

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - A suicide survivor is choosing to share her story and hopefully inspire others to speak up and seek help before they make a dangerous decision.

Behind everyone one of us, there's a story covered up by a mask.

"And I just, at that moment said, I am done," Shelly Barton told us. "I cannot do this anymore."

It was April 23, 2007 and Shelly Barton was laying on her bathroom floor convulsing and trying to call 911.

"It was horrible," she said. "And I just decided I couldn't die like this. What have I done? And I didn't think the whole thing through."

Shelly survived. And now she's learning to thrive. Sharing her story on the online forum -- called Project Reveal -- showcasing the lives of real women, real struggles, and real pain.

"And we're talking about it and we've found that everybody has something," added Stacey Godbold.

In Vanderburgh County, so far this year, the coroner's office has worked at least 18 suicides. That's down from 22 at this time last year.

But Shelly and Stacy say the problem is real. Because people don't want to talk about topics that difficult and uncomfortable.

"The response has been amazing," Shelly said. "Because I have helped other people who have thought about committing suicide, who say the same things, 'I can't live anymore, I don't want to live, how did you get through it?"

For more information on Shelly's story, visit Project Reveal online or click here for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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