Kerri Gardner; Youth Motivational Speaker, Author & Suicide Survivor, says her own dark memories resurfaced after the suicide of her daughter’s classmate. It “ripped open feelings I had kept secret for 25 years being ashamed of my suicide attempt.
“I was also very angry. This anger led to frustration with how schools having cliques and bullying have not changed. I needed to help, to make a difference, and I knew in my heart I had to stop being ashamed of my attempted suicide and use my story … to help others.”
Kerri Gardner’s memoir “Out of the Darkness Into the Light” starts with the day she tried to take her own life. Spider Books Publishing
Her memoir, “Out of the Darkness Into the Light” (Spider Books Publishing), starts with the day she tried to take her own life. “It was hard because I had to relive everything I went through and realized I had suppressed some memories,” she said. “I cried a lot while writing this book.”
Gardner hopes her story inspires others to see past the temporary and find purpose for their lives.
“Once you realize your problems are only temporary, there is hope,” she said. “That hope will then enable you to start dreaming of a wonderful future.”
Gardner, who is also a motivational speaker, lives in Raleigh with her husband and three children.