My wife, Shanna, is in the middle of a life-threatening battle with depression, which has led her to self-destruct and have her children forcibly removed from her.
She had been in a relationship with an abusive ex-husband and her relationship with her own children had deteriorated since she had met the man, a journalist.
“My wife and I had a really hard time,” she said.
“I didn’t know what to do with myself anymore.
I was losing my mind.”
Shanna had just returned from an extended break with her family and was heading to an Australian holiday with her parents in Queensland.
“She said she had been going through a lot of shit, and she was suicidal.
She had been talking about killing herself,” her friend, Sarah, said.
She said Shanna had asked her for help and said she needed to know who to contact in the US and Canada.
“Shanna said she felt like she was about to get caught, and I said I’d be there,” Sarah said.
Shanna, who was 17 at the time, said she would not go to the US because she didn’t want to get involved in the country’s criminal justice system.
“It wasn’t an option for her, because we were not doing any drugs at the moment,” Sarah, who lives in Melbourne, said of Shanna’s suicide.
“But then she came back to me, and told me what she had done and she had called the police.”
When I found out, it was pretty gut-wrenching, but she was like ‘it was so crazy, I just wanted to kill myself’.
“Shanna’s family have now set up a GoFundMe page, to raise money for Shanna and her children.”
If you feel you need help, please do get in touch with us,” the page reads.”
Thank you to the many people who have helped us over the years, and to the families that have supported us throughout this dark time.
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