Lily Allen found herself hospitalized in Children’s Medical Center’s suicide prevention program after she texted a friend that she wanted to end her life in 2015. She remembers her first day there as her most difficult one, waking up and walking out to see a group of strangers eating lunch. She quickly found out that these strangers – both staff and patients – were people who understood what she was going through. “I always thought being depressed was something I was going to have to live with forever, and it was going to basically ruin my life, but because of Children’s I found out that I don’t have to live this sad life forever, and that there was hope of getting better,” Lily said. Her gratitude soon turned to generosity. “I was really grateful for everything Children’s had done for me, and I wanted to give back to those programs,” she said. A dance student at Dallas’ magnet high school for the arts, Lily produced a dance performance with 50 dance students that raised more than $1,200 for the program that helped her.
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