Graduating Survivor Finds Peace in Advocacy

The Towson University Counseling Center is located on the second floor of the health center at Ward and West. The center offers free, short-term counseling therapy services for students, faculty and staff. (Photo by: Sarah Rowan/TU Student)
The Towson University Counseling Center is located on the second floor of the health center at Ward and West. The center offers free, short-term counseling therapy services for students, faculty and staff. (Photo by: Sarah Rowan/TU Student)

18-year-old high school senior Jenna Kahn sealed the fold on a white envelope and put it on her desk. She slowly reached for a black Sharpie marker, writing “Mom” in large letters on the front, before placing it in a pile with similarly marked envelopes.

Dressing for the day, Kahn opened her jewelry box, looking for her favorite earrings and necklace. They were not there – she had given her jewelry away, along with many other possessions.

Kahn was preparing to end her life.

“I didn’t want to die,” Kahn said. “No one who is suicidal wants to die. They just want the pain to stop.”

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