“My whole life I always thought my self worth was determined by others. I never learned about the importance of mental health. At the age of four I worried about getting a job and making money. A child shouldn’t worry about this, but I did. I felt the way my brain worked was different and since everyone’s brain works differently and talking about emotions is something most people avoid I just kept it inside for a really long time. It was only in my first year of high school that I learned the importance of talking about mental health. Even though talking about it was hard, it was one of the best decisions I made. I hope by telling my story I can show that things do get better with time and emphasize the importance of asking for help.”