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Jordan Burnham Shares Story of Survival

Talks to Stamford High students about teen suicide

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Stamford, CT | Added on March 20, 2014 At 11:12 AM

In September of 2007 Jordan Burnham’s life changed forever.

“That was my senior year of high school and I attempted suicide by going out of my nine-story bedroom window and so I broke everything on my left leg, my pelvis, my jaw, had fractures to my skull, and was pretty much given a 40% chance to live.”

But Burnham did more than just beat those odds.  

“Through all of those injuries, and devastating injuries, somehow was able to tell my story,” he says.

While still in the hospital, Burnham was asked to do an interview by a reporter from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“I think everyone thought I would say no but I sais yes because I figured that to survive nine stories, this is important, not just for myself to keep this a secret; I want to share this story with other people so that whoever has depression, any mental health disorder, is thinking about suicide, sees this story and doesn’t go through with it,” he says.

Burnham never imagined that his story would end up on the front page of the paper and gain recognition from all over the country, but he says he’s glad it did.

“I would have been contempt with physically being in wheelchair but I was not going to be content with this story being a secret,” Burnham says.

That was just the beginning for Burnham. Six years later and the motivational speaker is still telling his story to students across the country. Burnham has even been featured on television programs such as ESPN and Good Morning America. And on Wednesday, the 24-year-old brought his story to Stamford High School.

“I think it’s important in every school but especially in Stamford High School where I know in the community there have been some tragedies regarding suicide,” Burnham says.

After Burnham spoke, one brave Stamford High student got up in front of her peers to tell her story of how she struggled with depression and suicide also.

“I just can’t even put into words how brave I though that was of her,” Burnham says.

“I would say they were very ready for this message and that came across by how many students came and talked to me afterwards.”

Burnham says he will continue to tell his story. He says a Hollywood motion picture is in the works and maybe even a book. But regardless of the platform, he says it’s important to open the conversation. 


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