Today, for the first time since Charles left Cosby High School to go to a therapeutic boarding school, I went back to speak to a club of health science kids about mental illness, suicide and the high school program I have developed with teens to eliminate stigma. I was hit by a lot of emotion in the parking lot.
I so appreciated the opportunity to appeal to this generation not to carry forward the stigma of mental illness that blocks access to care and prevents many from reaching out for the help they need. After 7 years, this is the group that will inspire change. Thanks to Kerry Fretwell for my lovely semi colon project heart. It was nice to see Alex and her sister as well as other familiar faces.
What is the #griefheart project?
I explain my #griefheart project here.