HelpGuide is dedicated to Morgan Leslie Segal
HelpGuide is dedicated to Morgan Leslie Segal 1967-1996 who committed suicide when she was 29. The medications she was taking exacerbated her depression. Morgan loved the Internet—We believe that if she had access to the kind of mental health information that's now available on HelpGuide, her suicide could have prevented.
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Morgan 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
After 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
Al Martinez – Columnist, Los Angeles Times
Click here to download a free PDF file that contains a complete copy of Morgan’s Voice