Molly Vanderwerf: May 4
Molly is living proof that recovery is possible. Molly began to struggle in high school leading to challenges with substance use, depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. Molly wants to break the stigma and bring hope to those who are suffering.
Viti Eachambadi: May 11
Viti’s story is about the importance of prioritizing mental health. Viti has always had a passion for giving back and volunteering. However, as she got older, she realized that she often got so caught up in these activities that she forgot to prioritize her own mental health and struggled with anxiety and self-harm. Viti hopes to share how she got comfortable telling her story and to empower youth to build communities of hope and support.
Aarna Dixit: May 18
Aarna’s powerful story is about acknowledging one’s true emotions and opening up to others. While in school, despite joining many activities and clubs, Aarna began to privately struggle with anxiety and depression. Through her story, she wants to show that everyone has mental health. Aarna's hope is that by being open with her own experience, she will encourage others to share their stories as well.
Diane Kaufman: May 25
Meet Diane, a child psychiatrist, poet, lyricist, and artist with an important story to share. Diane suffered trauma starting at a very young age, and experienced episodes of anxiety, depression, hypomania, mania, and suicidal ideation. Despite these challenges, Diane went on to be an outpatient child psychiatrist and an Assistant Professor, where she secured many grants on behalf of children’s well-being. Diane hopes to share her passion to transform trauma into creative resilience.
Natalie Robinson: June 1
Natalie’s story is about how mental health struggles can appear “hidden” to others. Natalie had an idyllic childhood filled with fun activities. Although she appeared to be “normal” and carefree to others, she privately struggled with sensory issues, generalized anxiety, and OCD.