I’m Jacqui and This Is My #iAM1N5 Journey…

Meet Jacqui, a Cincinnati State student studying Paramedic Science, who’s living with depression, anxiety, and borderline personality disorder with a history of suicidal thoughts and self-harm. She remembers the feeling of sadness when she was in Junior High without a “real reason” to justify the sadness. Jacqui wants to send the message that mental illness isn’t something you can just …

Being Exactly Who You Are Is Liberating

by Ivy from Beautifully Simply You Some of the best advice my coach ever gave me was to “Just be Ivy, because Ivy’s pretty great”. He told me this during my junior year of college and it has something that has stuck with me ever since. But even when he told me, I never really knew who Ivy was. My …

I’m Danielle and This Is My #iAM1N5 Journey…

Danielle, a Xavier University student, is here to share her story of living with depression, anxiety, and an eating disorder. We are so thankful that she and so many others are coming forward to share their powerful stories and help us stop the stigma surrounding mental health for all!

You Will Make Mistakes, Be Kind to Yourself Anyway

Want to hear a secret? It’s okay to make mistakes. It’s okay to fail. It’s okay to be human. We mess up and we over analyze that mistake for hours, and the anxiety can be debilitating. For me personally, making mistakes and dealing with those mistakes, has been incredibly hard for me my entire life. I have always chased perfection, …

Children’s Mental Health Advocate, Julia Paxton, Takes Over Our Insta

We were so excited to have Julia Paxton, who’s been featured on the Today Show, take over our insta stories this week. See a small piece of her story below. I am a social work student at Ohio State University and a patient advocate with Nationwide Children’s Hospital. I have struggled with mental illness from a very young age, and …

1N5 Offers Local QPR Training

Saturday, June 1, 2019 1N5 hosted a Question. Persuade. Refer. (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training session with 13 ambassadors from Guiding Light. Since 2014 Guiding Light has been committed to making a positive impact in the lives of Cincinnati youth. Through various programs, they provide positive role models and teach relationship skills to our youth. QPR Suicide Prevention Training is an …

St. Xavier BC2M Club Hosts Mental Health Myth-Busting Event

On Thursday, May 2, 2019, the St. Xavier BC2M Club hosted a trivia event. The event was open to the entire school. Initially, the event coordinators anticipated around 20 students to register for the quiz, but were instead met with a huge interest, and finally decided to cut registration off at 40 students. They grouped students into teams of four. …

Nicci Shares Her Powerful Story for our #SpeakYourMindSeries

It all started back in 2004 when my brother passed away from epilepsy. I was the only person home at the time and was unsure of how to handle the situation. He had seizures all his life and usually came to within a reasonable amount of time. This was different though, and as an eight-year old, I didn’t know what …

Cincinnati Florist Opens Up About Her Mental Health Journey

Katie, a Cincinnati wedding florist and owner of Katie’s Blooms, opens up about her journey with mental illness and shares her story by taking over our Insta today! My journey with anxiety began in high school. I missed A LOT of school. Countless doctors appointments and testing over the years landed me with general anxiety disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, and …