I started exploring my own mental health when I was 21 years old - but the truth is, the journey began years prior (at, like, 2 years old).
After beginning therapy in 2016, I realized just how taboo therapy was. Anytime I spoke to someone about it, I noticed how quickly we naturally lowered our voices. It occurred to me that, at the time, going to therapy was a big secret. As if working on your mental health was something to be ashamed of (because at the time, it was). I spent a few months trying to break the stigma by openly telling friends and family that I had anxiety and was getting help for it. Of course, it wasn't a new phenomenon. It was just the first time I personally had heard regular people like me openly admit getting help for their mental health, without shame.
I felt inspired to do more to break the stigma. I decided I wanted to write a book (this was 2016, podcasts weren't THAT common for people like me to create). I spent a year writing notes, chapters, and random thoughts into a Google Doc before realizing that I liked talking WAY more than I liked writing.
So I started a podcast. My bestie, Liz, who was and is also extremely passionate about mental health, joined me as co-host and we put our all into creating a safe space for people to feel heard and less alone. We never wanted to come across as professionals or experts in the field. We specifically aimed to speak to listeners as authentically as we could - from the real perspective of two women who struggle with their mental health, and want to be open about it, in the hopes that it'll help others.
I'm now taking this on on my own, which is scary but the original passion to break the stigma still stands and overpowers my immense imposter syndrome.
Join me as I speak out about mental health in an honest and raw way, and hopefully you'll laugh, maybe cry, but ultimately understand that you are not alone.
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