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Dallas mom who lost daughter, ex-husband to suicide aims to instill hope in others

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A Dallas mom is tackling the often taboo topics of depression and suicide.

She has survived unimaginable tragedy and is sharing her story in hopes of saving a life and giving hope.

In 1995, Terry Bentley Hill had recently divorced her husband, Danny, a district attorney who battled depression and alcoholism.

"Danny broke into our home where our four daughters were sleeping, and took his life; shot himself in our bedroom," she said.

The former TV reporter and mother of four fell into depression herself, feeling tremendous shame.  She eventually moved home to Dallas and got help.

"I had to get up every day and face this and help my children," she said.

Hill even enrolled in law school at age 47, looking for new purpose in life. 

But two weeks in, her youngest daughter, Hallie, who was just 14 years old and also battling depression, took her own life. 

One of Hill's biggest fears was knowing the high risk of a second suicide in the family.

"It goes up dramatically because that parent opens a door for their child and unfortunately that is what happened in our life," said Hill.

Hill, who still managed to become a successful attorney, now makes it her mission as a board member of the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas.

She says the pain never goes away.

"I miss her," said Hill. "And this time of year, it's bone crushing for people who have lost their loved ones."

Still, she wants people to know that help is close by, and hope is never lost.

"There is happiness and joy, but you have to believe that it will be there," she said.

The Suicide and Crisis Center have a fundraiser Friday night that benefits the center, kicking off a larger event planned for March.

 

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