Dancing With The Stars Winner Shares Powerful Story Of Hope For Those Struggling With Their Mental Health.

Jazz Thornton smiles and poses with Constable Meika Campbell, the woman who helped save her life. In Meika's hand is a copy of Thornton's book, "Stop Surviving Start Fighting."

One conversation has the power to change someone’s entire life. This may seem like a stretch, but it’s what Jazz Thornton says saved her life. A New Zealand native, Thornton is known for being a mental health activist, film maker, and author. She also won her country’s version of Dancing with the Stars in 2022. Before these accolades, however, this young woman struggled greatly.

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For years, starting when she was a young child, Thornton endured sexual abuse and bullying. This led to 14 suicide attempts throughout her life, the first one taking place when she was only 12 years old. Her final attempt at age 20 is what led to this life-changing conversation.

Thornton shares a dramatic recreation of that night. In it, she shows that after her attempt, she was placed in a police car. The police officer who finds her hugs her as she cries. But in this moment, Thornton is simply mad that she’s still alive.

When Constable Meika Campbell is finally able to get Thornton to look at her face, the officer is crying.

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“Make it to your 21st birthday, okay?” Meika asks. “When you do, I’m going to come celebrate that you’re still here.”

This simple yet powerful moment went on to give Thornton the hope she needed to find a new way to live. To top it all off, Meika kept her promise. The two of them later reunited except, this time, Thornton had a book to proudly show off that serves as a great reminder of just how far she’s come in life.

Thornton’s story continues to inspire others in so many ways. For starters, Constable Campbell’s kindness and patience with the distraught 20-year-old serves as an example of the power officers have in helping others like her.

One commenter even shares that, in her last attempt, she was handcuffed, prompting Thornton to reply.

Jazz Thornton smiles and poses with Constable Meika Campbell, the woman who helped save her life. In Meika's hand is a copy of Thornton's book, "Stop Surviving Start Fighting."
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“I was handcuffed a lot too,” Thornton says. “That’s why I love Constable Campbell — she was different. I’m so sorry that was your experience.”

Thornton’s story also reminds us all that there is always hope, and that there is always someone around who cares and wants to help. If you or someone you know lives in the U.S. and needs someone to talk to don’t hesitate to reach out to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline via call, text, or chat.

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