Young ex-Marine gets within hours of planned suicide, social media helps save himKATU News
by Genevieve Reaume
March 28th 2019
For Austin, the year following his planned attempt would be filled with both hardships and happiness. He says he was diagnosed with PTSD because of the trauma, as well as depression and anxiety. He ended up getting a tattoo of that near-fateful date on his forearm.KELSO, Wash. — A young ex-Marine came within hours of taking his own life, but a last-minute plea on social media helped save him.
Austin Kaster is 23 years old. It’s been just over a year since his suicide plan shattered and his life truly changed.
"I'm not going to forget it, but if by the weird chance that I do, I can just look down at my arm and be like, ‘OK, this is what I accomplished. This is what I overcame,’” Austin said, describing the tattoo, which also includes the barcode from the hospital band he got that night. “You’re taught, ‘Hey, just suck it up. Keep going.’ You know, head down, just push on through. But it got to a point where it was like, OK, it’s either this or I’m going to wind up taking my own life,” Austin said, describing the tough moments while serving at Camp Pendleton that led him to reach out for help. read more here