When Ellen Campbell is happy, her smile can light up an entire room. Not many know about the dark days she has gone through because of the sexual abuse she suffered as a child.
As she careened through adulthood she was always chased by depression.
She became suicidal and ended up in a hospital psychiatric ward.
“I wanted to kill myself and I didn’t know why. As I was lining up for my pills I knew that if I didn’t fight back it would end badly. It was a turning point in my life and I realized I needed help.”
She founded the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness in 1993 and today with the help of supporters like John Derringer and Q107 radio, they help over 200,000 women, men and children a year.
“Society is finally recognizing the damage that abuse causes. The best way to heal is to reach out for help.”
October is Child Abuse Awareness month.
We salute you Ellen Campbell, and all the amazing people that work to protect men, women and children and bring awareness to this issue.