Teen singer uses music to cope w/ depression

Julia Autumn Ford

(WTNH)– A Winsted 17-year-old singer/songwriter is about to go on tour with her music after coming out of a very dark place.

Julia Autumn Ford says it was her music that saved her. She was clinically depressed teenager and she thought there was no where to turn but opting out of this world. She was self harming, telling no one that she was cutting herself to help her through her dark moments, and she contemplated suicide too at age 16.  Julia Autumn Ford on Nyberg

“Things just kept piling on top of each other that day. It was just bad situation after bad situation, and I just felt like I was contributing negatively and there wasn’t anything positive going for me. I was letting other people down and letting myself down. I didn’t really have anything to keep me going at that point, so I was contemplating suicide that day and well other day too. And that day it became really, really real and I was there, and at the last moment I just shifted kind of. I don’t really know how to explain it because it was really a choice that I made consciously. It was ‘oh I’m going to pick up my guitar and write a song.’ It just kind of happened, and I picked up my guitar and these words just started falling out of me and I wrote “Don’t Give Up on Me.”

Julia still has the scars on her arm but her music is moving her forward. She has a powerful message for teenagers everywhere.

For more information, go to her website at www.juliaautumnford.com.

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