“1 in 4 adults suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.” (Johns Hopkins Medicine)
We are ALL vulnerable to stress, depression, anxiety, and other mental health struggles.
I battled with major depression for over eight years and as a result, I was told to significantly lower my expectations in life. No one believed I could finish school or hold a job. I started to internalize these beliefs and questioned my value in society. I felt labeled, alone, scared, and rejected.
I eventually broke through this narrative and found hope. I realized my adversity didn’t make me less capable, but it gave me tremendous mental strength. This new perspective allowed me to become an elite athlete attempting world records and start a successful coaching business.
To empower others we need to change the narrative of mental health. Too many people suffer in silence or end their lives because of stigma.
This is how we create change.
This is how we save lives.