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SALT LAKE CITY — About four years ago, an event changed so much about Jessica Seller's life. The Utah County woman experienced some deep depression but as she opened up, others did too.
"A lot of it was my divorce …"
And she learned more recently that sometimes you have no idea just how bad some people are feeling.
"I just lost a childhood friend of mine a couple of weeks ago," Sellers said. "It was so sad because he was so loved and was such a wonderful person. And you think 'oh gosh, what makes a person think that's where they need to go."
Sellers started turning to others. She saw as a substitute teacher that many teens seem to struggle the most. She wanted to figure out how we in our communities can better prevent suicide. Her kids pitched in, offering some pop-up concerts.
She also started The Overcomers Magazine. It was a place to gather stories from inspiring people.
"I had so many good therapists and coaches and teachers that I learned from," Sellers said. "I felt like I was standing on the shoulders of giants, even just in my neighborhood."
Now, to take that message further she is organizing a concert, featuring YouTube artist Jordan James and some of the motivational speakers Sellers met through her website.
"I hope they'll come away feeling like they can talk about things with their neighbor," she said.
That concert is set for Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in Provo. It will feature music, comedy and motivational speakers. Organizers are still finalizing the location, but you can keep up on that through their website.
Suicide prevention resources
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.
- Utah County Crisis Line: 801-691-5433
- Salt Lake County/UNI Crisis Line: 801-587-3000
- Wasatch Mental Health Crisis Line: 801-373-7393
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Trevor Project Hotline for LGBTQ teens: 1-866-488-7386
- NAMI Utah: namiut.org
- Utah Chapter-American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: afsputah.com
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
What to do if you see warning signs of suicide
- Do not leave the person alone
- Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt
- Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)
- Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional
Information from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.