Three years ago, Jennifer Buchanan lost all hope and attempted suicide. Today, she inspires hope in others.
From her midtown apartment, she answers calls on the "Hope Line," an after-hours emergency phone service offered to clients of Transitional Living and Community Support, a nonprofit agency.
Buchanan says her involvement gave her the tools to cope with her mental illness and find housing. Now, she wants to help others. Recently, she joined the Speakers Bureau of the county's Stop Stigma Sacramento, a drive to end discrimination against the mentally ill, sharing her story at local events.
She believes she may have even prevented a teen suicide after speaking at a high school. "Being able to help someone feel better it's everything," she says. "If someone is having a bad day and they just need to talk, I listen.
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