Three years ago, Jennifer Buchanan lost all hope and attempted suicide. Today she inspires hope in others. From her apartment in Midtown, she answers calls on the "Hope Line," an after-hours emergency phone service offered to clients of Transitional Living and Community Support, a non-profit agency. Buchanan says her involvement in the program 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 campaign to stop discrimination of people with mental illness, 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."
September 2, 2013
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