Mental Health Advocate from Michigan

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The constant restlessness, overthinking, lack of focus, or the inability to sleep at a time when you are simply exhausted can weigh heavy on almost anyone. Depression is also a common silent killer that can negatively affect how you feel, the way you think, and how you act.

Growing up within a community where seeking professional help and seeing a therapist is outside of the norm, where mental health is often swept under the rug and covered up with an excuse, it has been extremely difficult for a lot of people that are suffering to receive the proper diagnosis and the proper treatment.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988. Crisis Text Line also provides free, 24/7, confidential support via text message to people in crisis when they text HOME to 741741.