The Hope Connection


Lived Experiences Stories

Story by Liz Coffey 

             The first week of my freshman year of college (about 2 1/2 years ago) I was diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety. I isolated myself, and started failing my classes. I had no friends and, other than my mother, no one in my family believed that mental illness was a real thing. They thought I could "snap out of it." My mother, although she tried her hardest, didn't really understand how to deal with me, and ultimately I felt alone. When I was recovering after my first (and thankfully last) suicide attempt, I stumbled upon this Australian band called 5 Seconds of Summer and things changed after that. I was drawn into their music and personalities, and I was even more drawn into the community of fans surrounding them. Because of that band, I met a lot of other people my age struggling with the same issues. Music has always been my escape when I needed one, but it had never helped me as much as it did when I first got interested in that band. Because of all of the things I had been dealing with, I failed out of my college and was forced to attend the local community college. However, I think this was a blessing in disguise. Since all of this happened, I have changed my career path and I'm so much happier. I am now planning on going into the music business, and I've gotten so many amazing opportunities. Since I've gotten into music, I've met so many awesome people and my recovery has been pretty easy, honestly. I still have bad days of course, but then I remind myself of all of the things in the music industry I have to look forward to, or I enlist one of the friends I've made because of music. It's truly the only reason I'm still here.