Jazz Thornton first attempted to take her own life at the age of 12. Multiple attempts followed and she spent time in psychiatric wards and under medical supervision as she rode the rollercoaster of depression and anxiety through her teenage years - yet the attempts continued.
Find out what Jazz learned about how her negative thought patterns came to be, and how she turned those thoughts - and her life - around. Who and what helped, and what didn't help. The insights she gives will help create greater understanding of those grappling with mental illness, and those around them who desperately want to help.
Jazz went on to attend film school, and to co-found Voices of Hope, a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping those with mental health issues and show them there is a way forward. She creates online content to provide hope and help.
Her first video Dear Suicidal Me has had over 80 million views all around the world. She went on to create Jessica's Tree, a web series that follows the 24 hours between a friend, Jess, going missing and the discovery of her body. It provides insights into Jessica's struggles, to help people better understand those suffering from depression. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QFU_qg7Msk Jessica's Tree was viewed more than 230,000 times in the two months following its release in March 2019 and immediately began winning international recognition and awards. The process and the delicate decisions that had to be made to create Jessica's Tree have themselves been documented in a film about Jazz called The Girl on the Bridge, due for release early in 2020.
i’ve been following Jazz and the VOH campaign online for years now. i’ve been looking forward to this book launch for months, and it exceeded all expectations. (i knew it was going to be good, but this was on another level). as a 17 year old girl battling mental illness, i can not put into words how much Jazz’s journey has inspired me and given me hope for my own future. i recommend this book to absolutely anybody who is going through mental health struggles, or anyone who knows someone who is. this book portrays mental health in such a clear way that could help parents, friends, or family, understand what their struggling loved one is going through. and it also helps current strugglers realise that they are not alone. i will never forget the message this book holds, and i’ll be forever grateful that i read it. i cried, i smiled, i sobbed, i shed happy tears, and i cried some more. to you Jazz, all I can say is thank you. thank you for sharing your journey and being so open about it, you’ll truly never know how much it means to me. you are absolutely incredible. so much love goes out to you and Gen for this amazing campaign! thank you. - Emily.
stop surviving, start fighting
i’ve watched VOH grow from a small organisation to whatit is now over the last years.i’ve watched Jazz become more and more open with her struggles. this book is by far one of the most helpful books i’ve ever read. Jazz tells her story with vulnerability and grace. to see such a broken young girl become who she is now is both inspiring and incredible. this book is raw, eye opening and at times incredibly heart-breaking but so worth the read.
Jazz- it is an honour to know your story, it is an honour to be apart of your journey and it is an honour to have you walking this with me. im proud of you and the person youve become. you’re changing the world and to be apart of that change with you is a privilige. i love you, keep doing you xx