Linton woman speaks out against suicide

According to Mental Health of America, there are 44,000 Americans that die by suicide each year.

Posted: Nov 2, 2017 5:06 AM
Updated: Nov 2, 2017 5:16 AM

LINTON, Ind. (WTHI)- According to Mental Health of America, there are 44,000 Americans that die by suicide each year.

One local woman is seeking to shrink those numbers, by telling her story by letting others find hope through her own eyes.

September 15, 2017 was Toni Cary's 25th birthday. It was also the day her younger brother, Ronnie Dpoffo, took his own life.

"I knew something was wrong," Cary said.

He was 23-years-old.

"He had twelve voices," Cary said. "That screamed as loud as possible."

She says her brother was a prisoner in his own body.

"His fists were always clenched," Cary said.

Dpoffo suffered with schizophrenia and anxiety.

"And there were days he couldn't get out of bed," Cary said.

Cary says Dpoffo attempted suicide not once, but four times before he passed away.

"He was in so much pain," Cary said.

Pain is something Cary is very familiar with.

"I have Bipolar disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and general Anxiety," she said.

She said there is nowhere for help. 

"There are no resources," Cary said.

Besides the Hamiliton Center in Linton, she says there is no sense of community when it comes to raising awareness about suidice.

So, she created a Facebook page to have a social platform where the community can come together. Fighting against suicide one post at a time. 

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