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January 23, 2015

Parents share Penn student’s suicide note

It's been a year since Madison Holleran took her life after dealing with depression

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Madison Holleran, 19, died in January 2014.

Madison Holleran was a popular 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student and track athlete with a smile as bright as her future when she jumped off a parking garage to her death near the school on Jan. 17, 2014.

Holleran, a resident of Bergen County, New Jersey, suffered from depression, which ultimately led her to take her life, her parents said.

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In an effort to help others dealing with depression and other mental illnesses and to potentially save a life, her parents have released the suicide note their daughter wrote to them before jumping to her death.

It read:

Suicide Note

The family said Holleran had been going to therapy to help her deal with her depression and suicidal thoughts. She was a perfectionist, her parents said.

After her death, her family found a draft of the suicide note in her dorm room: 

'I don't know who I am anymore. trying. trying.trying,' the note began. 'I'm sorry. I love you...sorry again...sorry again...sorry again...How did this happen?' 

Holleran’s family has started a Facebook page to memorialize her and advocate for suicide prevention.