Mental Health - @emily.derrenbacher

"Hi! I’m Emily from New York and I’m wearing white for Mental Health. I lost my younger brother, Reed, to Suicide in 2014 when he was 17 years old. He wasn’t what people thought of when they thought of suicide. He was the popular kid in school, the captain of the football team, and so incredibly kind. It took me a very long time to feel comfortable sharing his story, not because I was ashamed or embarrassed, but because I didn’t think people really understood. In talking about Reed, I have been touched by so many others who have dealt with their own mental health or connection to Suicide. Mental health doesn’t discriminate and really impacts so many of us. Talking about it has helped me become more aware of my own mental health and better able to address anxiety and depression. There is strength in asking for help and speaking up to break the stigma that surrounds Mental Health. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255." @emily.derrenbacher

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