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By Zach Coder

Sidnee's Story

Sidney Kassing thought there was no way out….Fighting with her parents became so bad that she thought suicide was the solution.

“I remember being really, really, really depressed,” she said. “I didn’t care about my family anymore. At that point, I just felt like I would rather end my life than be around my family.”

How she found help.

After deciding it was time to get help, Sidnee’s family turned to the University of Utah’s Health University Neuropsychiatric Institute for answers. After a week and now looking back Sidnee says she didn’t realize “how serious it was.” At the recommendation of the University, Sidnee’s family went searching for a residential treatment center for youth in Utah. And that is where they found LifeLine for Youth.

What Sidnee remembers...

Looking back, Sidnee said, “I remember being so angry at my parents and thinking that they were crazy for wanting to put me here….I don’t need to be here because there were other kids who had harder substance abuse issues.” She admits that during the two weeks spent learning with the aid of teachers, and attending clinical group sessions she held onto her grudge. But the day she saw got to see her family again melted that anger. “I just remember seeing my parents and just instantly bawling. I had missed them so much,” she said. Her time at LifeLine had helped her find a sense of empathy and perspective.

What Sidnee says she gained at LifeLine for Youth...

Along with a new perspective, Sidnee says she believes her favorite gift she received was her ability to express herself. “I’m a very emotional person and before I was very closed off and didn’t know how to express my emotions….I think that’s a huge reason why I struggled so bad,” she said.

She also said that she learned that being open and vulnerable is one of the easiest ways of expressing how she feels.

A dose of reality and honesty...

LifeLine for Youth isn’t a mythical clinical unicorn. Sidnee still had choices to make when she left the center. She went back to her old friend group and hit some road blocks along the way.
Then she discovered she was pregnant when she was 18-years-old.
And that’s when real change started.
“I feel like I had a purpose again,” she said. “When he was born it made me feel alive. There was a reason to keep fighting every day, through my depression, and to do better every day.”
Sidnee said the tools she learned from her time at LifeLine helped her begin to change her life for her and her son.

Bringing families back together.

Sidnee wanted to give back and try to help those who need it – just like she needed it years before. So she decided to join the staff at LifeLine as a member of the team’s Direct Care staff, assisting patients.

Her focus is on helping those who struggle with their issues as she did when she was a teenager. “One of the main things we focus on is brining families back together and teaching parents parenting skills and how to raise a kid that is struggling,” she said. “If you need help, even if you’re just worried about your child and you don’t know where to go, we’re happy to talk to parents.”

We're here to help

If you need help as a parent with Defiant Teens, Utah’s Lifeline For Youth is only a phone call away. Evaluations and positive planning can help your child from succumbing to life long habits and consequences. Call Today for more information.

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