Wisconsin teen suicide survivor shares restoration on social media app TikTok
GREEN BAY-APPLETON, Wisconsin – A Wisconsin teenager who survived a suicide attempt uses social media to help others.
“I describe it like falling into a black hole,” said Carson Molle. “It’s fast, unexpected, scary, and dark. It got to the point where I thought the only way to get rid of those feelings would be to try and kill my life.”
This is how 18-year-old Molle felt when he put a gun to his head in the garage of his family home and pulled the trigger four years ago, reported WBAY.
The then 14-year-old survived his suicide attempt and has been in work ever since. Multiple surgeries, hospital stays and counseling resulted in a revelation about seven months ago.
“I had a thought one night about what if I shared my experiences and the things I learned about mental illness [and] Suicide could potentially save other people from attempting suicide themselves, “Molle said.
So Molle did what any other teenager would – he turned to social media, TikTok in particular.
“He really learned how to use his platform and turned an event that could be life-changing in such a negative way into a positive one,” said Molle’s father Matt.
Molle started sharing his story and quickly found that people were listening.
“It got hundreds of thousands of views, thousands of comments overnight, so I said, ‘Maybe I have something here where I can really help people,'” the teenager said.
The almost daily videos show everything from his suicide attempt story to training events and even highlights from his senior year in high school soccer – and they make a difference.
“I’ve received hundreds of comments and messages stating that because of what I said or shared to them, they did not attempt suicide because of me,” Molle said.
Molle said he felt no pressure to share his story and it was a duty that hopefully would continue to help others and save lives.
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, the National SuicidePrevention Lifeline is available 24/7 to contact the National SuicidePrevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.