City: Sioux Falls, SD
What is the story related to mental health, suicide, and/or resilience that you’d like to share?
Throughout high school, I struggled deeply with anxiety, an eating disorder, depression, and suicidal thoughts. It wasn’t until therapy that I was able to come to grips with my reality and seek out help.
I later experienced a ton of grief and loss due to family members passing away and my engagement ending.
What resources have helped you to address this challenge?
Local groups: Theyself by Wake, The We Can Movement
Think about the system that affects our mental health in our society, including aspects that are damaging to mental health and aspects of the system that improve mental health. Based on your experience, how might we improve that system to build resilience and better address the mental health needs of ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities?
Connecting with a community! I think that once you get in environments where you are able to share your struggles, you don’t feel as alone.
What is one thing related to mental health, suicide, or resilience that you wish everyone could understand?
Healing and growth are not linear.
Call or text 988.
The Lost&Found Association came to life in 2010 thanks to a team of soon-to-be college students committed to making a difference in the lives of peers struggling with depression and suicide.
Today, Lost&Found is a growing education and advocacy nonprofit that serves students on 15 college campuses, offering resilience-building programming and connecting students in need with support communities.