It’s been less than four months since 23-year-old Linda Clavijo Fajardo checked herself into Research Psychiatric Center.

“I realized that I needed the help at that moment,” she said. “Otherwise, something bad was going to happen and I would not be speaking with you today.”

She chose to speak publicly to put a face to the struggle during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, hoping it will help others know they’re not alone.

If you or a loved one is experiencing emotional distress, we invite you to call The Research Psychiatric Center Behavioral Health Crisis Line at (844) 207-4511 for information regarding admissions and psychiatric evaluations or to speak with someone about emotional or mental distress.

If you need to talk with someone, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 988.