As the holidays come to an end, now is the time to use the new things we were gifted over the holidays! One of the gifts I received that was at the top of my list was the book, What Made Maddy Run, by Kate Fagan.
Kate Fagan goes into detail about the story about Madison Holleran and her suicide while being a student at the a University of Penn. Although I am not finished the book yet, so many things have hit me hard. Entering college is difficult, especially when away from home. It isn’t always for everyone. Madison found herself falling into a spiraling down roller coaster of life and had no control over it. This story is so important to me because this is the exact area I wish to work with in the future as an Art Therapist. Suicide is not always the easiest thing to talk about or even read about, but this story definitely gives an inside look at what happens in mental health. The book provides so many quotes and stories throughout Fagan’s book that are really eye opening.
“But I just think you can’t let the demons get you.” “Right, but maybe your demons aren’t as persistent as someone else’s.”
Transitioning to college is not always the easiest thing to do. Handling all of the new experiences and emotions do not come in a special handbook. We all come with our own demons and it is right to understand that not all demons are the same. Look out for those around you and always be willing to lend a helping hand.
Featured image: [Cover Image of Kate Fagan’s What Made Maddy Run]