Monica’s childhood was less than ideal. She lost her father when she was a toddler and also lost a sibling to suicide. These hardships, coupled with peer pressure and growing pains of a middle school student, left Monica in a dark place. She had thoughts of suicide and masked her emotional pain through self-harm. What made this pain even more unbearable was the fact that she felt she had no one to talk to about her problems.

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