DMACC stories of hope and resiliency


Trae joined the Army as a way to go to college. He talks about his combat experience and how he sought treatment for mental health issues. Trae’s message of hope is to be open about the things that scare you; you don’t have to hide.



Kris describes her first panic attack and ways she works through periods of high anxiety with positive coping skills.  Her message of hope is to trust your instincts and know you’ll be okay. She encourages reaching out for resources and support. 



Troy knows what it means to have a parent who struggles with mental health and to lose a parent as a young man. He describes how depression felt and coping mechanisms that helped him recover from depression and grief. His message of hope is to not let others define how you feel. 



Trae knew from an early age that he was gay and that he needed to hide it from all but his closest friends. He feared it would change the way people saw and felt about him. Trae’s message of hope is that you don’t have to feed the desires of society to be someone you’re not.



Shawn found himself withdrawing from others when he retired from the Navy. He developed anxiety and depression and began coping in negative ways. Shawn speaks about the resources he used and encourages others to reach out for help. Shawn’s message of hope is that there’s a way to live a much better life. 



Kris was coping with her depression through self-injurious behaviors. Through identifying the triggers of her anxiety and depression, she was able to find ways to help herself. Kris’ message of hope is that it’s not a weakness to ask for help. 



Ellie spent many years dependent on drugs. She describes the addiction and how she became involved in a near fatal relationship. Ellie’s message of hope is that it’s possible to live a different life by having hope in yourself and building a quality support system. 



Trae describes what it was like to live in poverty and be homeless as an adolescent. He talks about feeling depressed and isolated and unable to connect with others. Trae’s message of hope is to find your passions and be proactive; seek the good, find the good, and be the good. 


​​​​DMACC graphic design students made suicide prevention posters for our counseling department. [Read More]

Suicide prevention posters 


Live for Today  

The Live for Today project was developed under grant number 1U79SM061799-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.