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“The first time I tried to kill myself, I was 11,” Casey McAndrew told the audience during the Stepping up for our Communities event at Arapahoe Community College on May 14.

Today McAndrew is a member of the Children’s Hospital Colorado Youth Board, advocating for teens like her who are battling depression and other forms of mental illness. She ultimately got help by reaching out to her family and voluntarily admitting herself into a residential treatment program.

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