Sara Thanel Dukart
In Sara’s own words:
Peyton Heart Project Ambassador Essay: By Sara Thanel Dukart
I have always been a sensitive person, which have been both a blessing and a curse. At the young age of six, I went through a traumatic bicycle accident that scarred the whole left side of my face. I was taunted as a child and called Scarface. That left me feeling that I was not beautiful.
My depression started to creep into my life around 6th grade. This is when my self-destructive thoughts started. I felt that I was not worthy of love and self-harm seemed to happen more and more. By 8th grade I was so depressed and hopeless that my self-destruction included cutting, drinking, and suicidal thoughts.
I am a suicide attempt survivor. My attempt happened when I was in 8th grade. I am now 29 years old and happy to say I have not lived with suicidal thoughts since I was 19 years old.
I have devoted my time to spreading awareness about mental health and suicide prevention because I have been on both ends of the spectrum. I have been in some of the darkness places, but also have seen the light at the end of the tunnel. I am now happily married and work as a RN in the ICU.
I heard about The Peyton Heart Project on social media when my platform of Suicide Prevention was found. As a beauty queen I have partnered with The Peyton Heart Project to spread hearts the last two years of my travels.
I would love to become an ambassador to help spread more light and inspire people around the world with the simple concept of a beautiful heart. Suicide is preventable, but it will take a village and The Peyton Heart Project is one of the puzzle pieces into ending the tragic loss of life to suicide.