Holding onto Hope is a podcast series from Lifeline Australia, in which people who have come through the darkness of suicidality share the connection that gave them hope to continue living.

Some of us wonder why your schooldays are said to be the happiest days of your life. Many find them a struggle – including Isabella who experienced all the usual teenage angsts along with family issues and mental health concerns.

But although she was so down on herself, others recognised what a remarkable young woman Isabella is and came to her aid – including a very special Lifeline support group.

Listen to Isabella's story or search 'Holding on to Hope' on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all good podcast platforms.

Please note that suicidality and its contributing factors are discussed and may have a triggering effect. If you experience emotional distress as a result of listening, please reach out to someone you trust and/or call Lifeline on 13 11 14 at any time. If life is in danger, please call 000.