(WHTM) — It was a day that changed Jackie Bieber’s life forever. On May 22, 2019, her 25-year-old daughter, Shawn Satto, died by suicide.
“It’s been a long, long road, you know, losing my daughter and how heartbreaking and devastating. I miss her. I do, I miss her a lot,” Bieber said.
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Satto suffered from severe anxiety and depression. Her life was cut short with the help of a website that provides step-by-step instructions on how to end one’s life.
“Just dealing with losing a child, and losing a child to suicide, then losing a child to encouragement on a dark evil website and fighting to get that shut down,” Bieber said.
Since that day, Bieber has been open about the experience in hopes of making sure it does not happen to anyone else. “I will never get her back. She is gone, but to be able to do something good out of something so horrible and dark, even if it could save one life, is worth it.”
Bieber’s efforts to push for change paid off in 2021 when Shawn’s Law was passed. The law increases penalties for anyone who helps in the suicide of someone under the age of 18 or with intellectual disabilities.
Beiber says her work is not done.
“I have done a lot in two years, but this is just one of the many steps that I have taken and will need to do more because we have to do so much for our mental health system.”
Her next step is to take her message to the federal level in hopes that changes can be made to improve the mental health system.