Saturday, April 20

Editor’s memoir on depression, mother’s suicide shares coping advice


I’m USA TODAY editor-in-chief Nicole Carroll, and this is The Backstory, insights into our biggest stories of the week. If you’d like to get The Backstory in your inbox every week, sign up here.

This story contains discussion of suicide.

Laura Trujillo’s mother died by suicide 10 years ago after jumping off a ledge into the Grand Canyon.

Trujillo, managing editor of USA TODAY’s Life coverage, has spent those 10 years trying to understand what drove her mother to that final action, as well as working through depression and suicidal thoughts of her own.

Trujillo documented her journey in a 2018 USA TODAY storyand this week she expands it into a deeply personal memoir, “Stepping Back From the Ledge: A Daughter’s Search for Truth and Renewal.”




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