Michael was 16 at the time of the interview in 1992. He is now married and has his own computer consulting and Web designer business. Michael states that at the time of the interview "I talked a lot about the different things that were taking part of my life, I did a lot of drugs and drink, I had a lot of things swaying my life, a lot of pressures and so forth. But since that time, I've come to different realizations and different things have taken place in my life and allowed me to continue onward, and there is so much that I have today that I would have missed out on had I made the decision to commit suicide at anytime in my life. Today I am a partner in a computer consulting business and I do so many other things, building Web pages and so forth, I teach scuba and so many things. I have learned to cope and life is great!"
Caleb was 15 at the time of the interview and had been in trouble with the law. Caleb states: "Life is worth living - I have a beautiful wife, I graduated from college which is something I thought I could never do. I am a multi-level store manager with a national company, so things are great. They only way I can explain that is that I am not a lucky man at all - there's divine circumstances and there's people that are there for you."
Jamie is in nursing school and maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Jamie says "Thinking of the way I was and the way I am now, I tear up. Just the thought of almost throwing it all away. I have so much to offer others. I love myself and my life. I am living proof that things do get better. Problems come and go. At the moment they may appear to be so hard that you can't handle it, but you can. Use the people around you. They may not understand but just to talk about it with someone helps a lot."
Brent is now manager of a large national retail store. He was 16 at the time of the interview. Brent says, "At the time of the interview my first girlfriend had just broken up with me. I was devastated. I felt so alone and vulnerable, if there was a time I felt like ending it all it was at that point. But now I can honestly say I am glad she broke up with me, I was too dependent upon her to meet all my needs. I have realized that no one human being can meet your needs. I had some close friends who were there for me, I just needed to reach out to them."
Andy is married with children and living in Texas.
Brad is married with children and living in Louisiana.
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