Macy Klein is a senior at College Pathways in Colorado Springs. She was in sixth grade when she started to self-harm and felt anxiety and depression.
She reached out to her parents, and ultimately, she said, they saved her life.
“For me it was loneliness,” Klein said. “I had a lot of pressure for grades and academic excellence. I probably put more pressure on myself than was healthy, definitely. I ended up telling my parents that I wanted to die.”
She started an organization called Project Reasons.
“It’s created with that idea in mind, there is a reason to stay in mind, another day, every day,” Klein said.
In 2017, suicide deaths were at an all-time high in Colorado, according to the Colorado Health Institute. Suicide is also the leading cause of death in people ages 10 to 24.
Klein spoke to her peers at Central High School Monday evening. She said she speaks out at events like this because not everyone has the same family support, and she wants to be that support for her peers.
She said if someone like herself would have spoken at her school, it would have made an impact. She believes many people struggling believe no one would miss them.
“My thinking is, if they saw in the moment of crisis, they have people who want them to stay, that they would choose life,” Klein said.
If you or someone you know needs help, contact Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255.