Speaking Up Helps Break The Stigma of Mental Health.

Tell your story. Be part of the solution. Help others know that they are not alone.

Awareness is Key

Awareness is Key

Repeatedly placed into situations I had no control over, I felt powerless. I’m a child of an adult alcoholic. I never felt safe, validated, or loved. I had early…

Normalize Counseling

Normalize Counseling

In middle school a friend I knew in elementary school committed suicide in his parent’s bedroom. He was 14. Though I don’t know the reason for his action, it affected our…

Why Me? How I Came To Accept My Depression

Why Me? How I Came To Accept My Depression

My depression began at the age of 13. At that time, depression wasn't something anyone talked about or recognized. I remember just wanting to fit in, and wanting to be…

Worried About Transitions

Worried About Transitions

My son has a neurological shutter, facial tics, and ADHD. He has anxiety of speaking in front of or to people. He bottles in his feelings and emotions to the point of…

An Art Teacher and An Advocate

An Art Teacher and An Advocate

As a high school art teacher, I feel extremely lucky to work with 150 teenagers everyday. We have plenty of time to get to know each other during work time, and they teach…

A Word From a Pediatrician

A Word From a Pediatrician

As a general pediatrician, I see mental health issues every day from ADHD to anxiety and depression to ODD and mood disorders. I am amazed at the marked increase in the…

Share The Load

Share The Load

Mental illness, personally I have had some breakdowns when I didn’t know how to deal with things. As a parent I feel like I have to be strong and take on all of the load…

Help Parents Help Children

Help Parents Help Children

Mental illness has affected me personally in that my older sister has struggled with addiction since high school and I have struggled with extreme anxiety, depression and…

Recognize, Catch, Work, Advocate

Recognize, Catch, Work, Advocate

My daughter (9 years old) has recently been diagnosed with ADD and I have noticed a drop in self-esteem. There has also been a connection between ADD and depression, and I…

Discovering the Unexpected Blessings

Discovering the Unexpected Blessings

My child's mental illness made be a better person. His struggles and other reaction to them have created in me compassion, empathy and a strong desire to combat ignorance…

Happy Kids. Happy Hearts.

Happy Kids. Happy Hearts.

Children’s mental illness has many changes for a child. This conversation has provided the tools and information I need to know more about this illness. There are…

Every Child Should Have the Right to Mental Health Services

Every Child Should Have the Right to Mental Health Services

I have a seven year old who I love. He has ADHD, ODD, and anxiety. I have seen his anger bring the best and worst of him. I have some of the help he and I need, however I…

Stepping Out of the Shadows of the Past Into A Brighter Future

Stepping Out of the Shadows of the Past Into A Brighter Future

I began to notice the changes in my best friend as we grew older. Her father committed suicide when she was young. The family believes that it is hereditary because her…

Volunteers Make A Difference

Volunteers Make A Difference

I have been a volunteer with Clarity for the last 4 years and this placement was my 1st experience with mental illness in children. When I signed up, I was nervous and…