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Lily’s Story

Lidia Harding
Invest in Youth Breakfast Success Stories Youth and Family Counseliing
Invest in Youth client speaker Lily

When Lily was 13 years old, she lost her mother to breast cancer, deeply affecting her mental health. She began having nightmares and flashbacks of her mother in the hospital. Lily became depressed and believed she was too much of a burden to be alive. She began to struggle with self-harm, which led to a suicide attempt.

That’s when Lily found the courage to ask for help and began receiving therapy at YES. She was diagnosed with PTSD and depression and alongside 1-to-1 one counseling Lily also began YES’ Dialectical Behavioral Therapy group where she found support from her peers.

“At YES, I felt understood and heard. I joined youth group meetings through YES and began to feel less alone,” said Lily.

But her healing came to a halt when a close friend sexually assaulted her. She wanted to give up, but her YES counselor encouraged her to stay and continue her recovery. She learned concrete coping skills to help manage her intense emotions. She can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Lily was a client speaker at the 2023 Invest in Youth Breakfast. You may click below to listen to Lily tell her story from the event.


Recovery stories like Lily’s are made possible through the generosity of many YES donors. Supporters provide ALL children, youth, and families in East King County with a chance of recovery.

You, too, can be a lifeline in a young person’s life today by making a gift to provide families with hope for a brighter tomorrow! Whether you donate $5 or $500, every gift will make a difference in the life of a child or youth seeking hope and recovery.

Thanks to donations like yours, no youth is turned away because they can’t afford to pay for services.

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