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Morgan’s Voice

In 1996, SSRI antidepressant medications were considered perfectly safe by the FDA. Now, these very popular drugs are required to carry a warning:

“Antidepressants increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children and adolescents with major depressive disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders . . . ”

Unfortunately, these warnings came too late for our daughter, Morgan Leslie Segal, who died in 1996 at the age of 29. For six years, she grappled with a condition that started as low self-esteem and worsened into major depression. During this period she was given a variety of SSRI and other medications. She stuck with a single therapeutic mode and her prescribed medications even though the combination seemed to just make her worse. Finally in desperation, she attempted suicide twice; the second time she succeeded.

In 1996, SSRI antidepressant medications were considered perfectly safe by the FDA. Now, these very popular drugs are required to carry a warning:

“Antidepressants increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children and adolescents with major depressive disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders . . . ”

Unfortunately, these warnings came too late for our daughter, Morgan Leslie Segal, who died in 1996 at the age of 29. For six years, she grappled with a condition that started as low self-esteem and worsened into major depression. During this period she was given a variety of SSRI and other medications. She stuck with a single therapeutic mode and her prescribed medications even though the combination seemed to just make her worse. Finally in desperation, she attempted suicide twice; the second time she succeeded.

Her father Robert shared the tragedy of Morgan’s death with our Santa Monica Rotary Club. Later the Club President appointed Robert chair of a new mental health committee which met monthly. Out of those meetings the seed of an idea was born – a website that that would provide information and resources to help people in need.

Helpguide was born of the conviction that “health literacy” is vital. We believe that Morgan’s tragedy could have been avoided if she had had easy access to good non-biased information on her condition and various alternatives for treatment.

Helpguide is focused on providing articles that are commercial-free, unbiased and balanced. Articles that are cutting edge and professional – easy to look at, easy to understand and above all useful!

We are gratified by the size of our audience and by the correspondence and feedback we get. We hope you use Helpguide to become “health literate” and to understand, prevent and resolve challenging mental and physical health issues in your life or in the lives of your family and friends

Robert and Jeanne Segal

About Morgan Leslie Segal

Leslie Segal was a middle child, the peacemaker. She was quiet and gentle with   compassion that encompassed anyone and anything that was troubled or hurting. In high school she first found her voice as a writer for the school paper and yearbook staff. In her college years she fell in love with the Spanish language and traveled to Washington, DC as an intern for the Latino Congressional Caucus.

She visited a dozen countries with the Semester at Sea program. A year later traveling with a friend she backpacked through Eastern Europe indulging her talent as a photographer taking intimate detailed and revealing photos of young and old alike.

In her mid twenties the life that was soaring began to falter. She changed her name to Morgan – “woman of the sea.” She almost completed a graduate psychology program, but decided she preferred writing and left to attend Sarah Lawrence College. Later she became a feature writer for the USC Daily Trojan and a literary magazine.

Though Morgan continued to grow as a writer, she increasingly lost touch with herself and retreated from those who loved her, finally ending her life shortly after her 29th birthday.

About Morgan’s Voice

Morgan Leslie SegalAfter her death, we found her laptop computer containing a collection of her personal poems and stories. This led to the publication of Morgan’s Voice.

” … She wrote whimsy as well as she wrote tense and somber drama, reflecting elements of herself, as a writer must, in such a way as to reveal both the light and the shadows that alternately brightened and darkened her soul. In this wonderful book her genius emerges in careful stages and we are at one with a soaring talent which, like a bird in flight, fell too soon to the earth below “

Al Martinez Columnist, Los Angeles Times

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