Jul 10, 2010 11:16 PM by John Romero
It's a sad fact that Southern Colorado is no stranger to suicides. Just this week a woman threw herself from a bridge onto I-25 and died. The Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group says El Paso County's suicide rate's been 50-percent higher than the rest of the country in recent years. It's a story Kristen Anderson knows all too well. "I know I felt very alone." she explains.
As a teen, Anderson struggled with depression and thoughts of killing herself. "I was trying to pretend like everything was ok." she says, "I was thinking if I just live a normal life it will just be normal and feel normal inside. But it doesn't always work that way." At 17, Kristen attempted suicide by lying across a set of railroad tracks. She was run over by 33 rail cars and yet somehow survived. Now with a new outlook on life and a close relationship with God, she's written a book and tours the country to spread her message of hope. "I just want people to know that no matter what age they are that there is a future for them." she explains, "No matter, even if they are 85, there is a reason they are still here and there is joy and peace and comfort to be found, even if you are going through really difficult things."
She hopes by sharing her experiences with others, they can avoid the heartache and pain that plagued her and so many others. "There is always a reason for everybody to live." says Anderson, "There is no reason for anyone to commit suicide. Suicide is not the answer."
CLICK HERE for more information on Anderson's book "Life, In Spite of Me" and her organization Reaching You Ministries.
CLICK HERE for more information on how you can get help for suicidal thoughts.