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Priya's Team


Participating in
The Survivors Walk - Raising Awareness For Suicide Prevention
November 11, 2018 at 12:00 PM | Raleigh, NC

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We lost our precious daughter, Priya, to suicide in January 2016. She fought hard for almost 10 years. Her younger sister also suffers from anxiety and depression. In spite of all that we did, we could not save Priya. I don’t want Priya to be known for how she died. I want her to be known for HOW she lived and how much she achieved in her short life in spite of suffering from a cruel disease. Priya was a national merit scholar, a spelling bee champion, an Amercorp volunteer, a fabulous dancer, a team captain, who lead her team to win national awards, a rape crisis and suicide hotline volunteer, a tutor to elementary and middle school kids, a Spanish tutor to kids from low income households, a member of her high school and college honor court, and more importantly – the co-president of a student run organization on campus which worked to help increase awareness and reduce stigma around mental illness and an activist who cared about social justice and women’s rights and marched for the causes she believed in. I am very proud of her. I am heartbroken that she is not here. I will always have a Priya sized hole in my heart BUT I will continue to work out, and eat right and take care of my physical and emotional health so I can keep walking and keep sharing her story and continuing her fight so that no other family has to lose their precious loved one to suicide. Priya had this to say about mental illness (in November 2014) “Mental illness is difficult because it's like fighting a battle that your mind convinces you is not actually happening. It is an invisible disease compounded by stigma and ignorance on a global level. This pushes people into dark places of shame and silence. When you get a broken leg or you have diabetes, you see a doctor and sometimes you take medication. Whatever it takes to get better. When you have cancer, people grant you wishes and bring you dinner. They celebrate your little victories. People facing suicidal depression or bipolar disorder or anxiety deserve to navigate their illnesses with the same support, understanding and care."

Group Members

  • Shalini Balagopal

  • Geetha Balagopal

  • Balagopal Nair


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The Survivors Walk - Raising Awareness For Suicide Prevention

Organized by Triangle Survivors of Suicide

  • November 11, 2018 at 12:00 PM
  • Raleigh, NC 27601