The author of this piece, below, is a therapist, writer, and classmate of mine from graduate school. In this piece, he is raw and real and powerful, pulling back the curtain on one young girl’s desperation. This piece is about depression. It is about bullying. It is about hopelessness. And about hope too. Thanks, Roy DeWinkeleer, for being on the helping side!

As one reader reminded me when I shared this article on Facebook: you might need tissues for this read.  As parents, we all share this deepest, most petrifying fear that this may one day be our child.