Carrie Kooistra

Team Captain Team Serotonin Springfield IL Walk

Join Me in Supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Many of you may know this, but I have worked as a nurse on the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at Memorial Medical Center for a little over two years now. Before that, I worked for almost two years with children with behavioral and mental disorders in a residential center as a nursing assistant. As you can likely tell, working with mental illness is something I am very passionate about, and I try my best to work to destroy the stigma surrounding mental illness, and to educate the public about it.

Although it's common knowledge I work on an every day basis with people affected by suicide and depression, you may not know that I too have suffered from Major Depressive Disorder for several years now. I not only see people struggle through this illness, but I live it as well. I am lucky enough to have never attempted suicide, but I am also lucky to receive lots of help and support from both loved ones and health care workers. I'm doing this walk not only for myself, but to show others that it's okay to seek help and that it's not a weakness to admit you're struggling. I want to help others be able to find the love and support that I had, and for their families to be supported as well. 

For all those struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide, I know. It's really hard. Suicide will always be an option, but please make it your absolute last option. There are so many more people that care about you than you realize. If you feel you can't go through this on your own, please go to your local emergency department, call the Crisis Hotline at 1-800-273-8255, or text HOME to 741741.

For a much less immediate response, or if you have any questions, you're always welcome to email me at

Please help me reach my goal by clicking the "Donate" button on this page. All donations are 100% tax deductible and benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), funding research, education, advocacy, and support for those affected by suicide. Any amount is helpful and I would appreciate it very much.

You're also very welcome to join my team, Team Serotonin, if you're available to. We'd be glad to have you!

Thank you for your support, and hope to see you at the walk!

Carrie Kooistra


Spread The Word