By speaking every year at schools and events, I can look in to the eyes of thousands of young people and tell them that dealing with depression and mental health is okay and that they have nothing to be afraid of.
By making a personal connection with kids, I hope to empower them to be able to share their own stories and their own struggles openly, without the fear of ridicule or judgement.
Once we move past denial and shame, we can finally seek the help that we need. So many young people die needlessly each year because they would rather commit suicide than break their silence about dealing with mental illness. It's my hope that in speaking at schools, I can change that for one kid and one family.