Ricks advised, “Look, don’t be sick as an adult. I mean get this out now and address this now, so you can have an incredible life.”

“We just really see it as a way to really create meaning and, you know, that’s what education should be,” Bowker said about the project.

“It changed my life, gave me a new perspective. It saved me,” said Draper.

All the proceeds from the book go back into the writing program, and Ingrid and Marjie are expanding it. They’ve been contacted by schools around the country and have a website for other teens to tell their story. You can find it at weareabsolutelynotokay.org.  You can also find them on Facebook at Facebook.com/WeAreAbsolutelyNotOkay.