@mentallywhole Takes Over Our Insta to Share Her Journey

Ashley Nelles, the warrior behind the Instagram account @mentallywhole, will be taking over our Insta Stories today to share her mental health journey! Happy Friday! “I don’t remember a time when I didn’t struggle with my mental health. As a child, it was separation and anxiety. I began therapy in elementary school and again in middle school. I started antidepressants …

Caitlin Takes Over Our Insta as She Celebrates Over One Year Sober

Hey all! My name is Caitlin, and I am a grateful, recovering alcoholic. My one year sobriety date was June 25, 2019. Along with the addiction I have been battling, I have also dealt with mental health disorders as long as I can remember, going back into my teen years. Severe depression, anxiety, panic attacks, eating disorders, as well as …

Your Disorder Does Not Define You

Erin is taking over our Instagram this week to talk eating disorder recovery and how your disorder does not define you. Daughter. Sister. Friend. Athlete. Funny. Relentless. Intelligent. Unique. Outgoing. Fearless. These are just a few words that define me. A few words that no longer do? Scared. Disordered. Sick. Worthless. From end of high school to sophomore year in …

The Minds Behind ‘You Are Not Alone Murals’ Takeover Our Insta

Samantha Schutz and Annica Lydenberg are the co-creators of the You Are Not Alone Murals which launched across New York City in May 2019, timed to coincide with Mental Health awareness month. Always fierce supporters of each other professionally and personally, Samantha and Annica found an intersection of their creative passions in the murals project, which offers support to anyone who feels misunderstood, …

Local Teacher Takes Over Insta to Talk Mental Health

Nicci, a local middle school teacher pursuing her master’s degree shares her story and takes over our insta this week!  I am currently getting my masters in Organizational Leadership with hopes to work for a nonprofit or business in the near future. I myself have struggled with mental illness from the age of 12. Between dealing with anorexia, anxiety, and …

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 …

TODAY Show Parenting Contributor Shares Tips on Insta Takeover

Dr. Kim from @theparentologist is taking over our Instagram to share about everything play therapy and working with children. In addition to being a Doctor of Psychology, she is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Registered Play Therapist, a university professor, parenting coach, public speaker, and blogger. Dr. Kim is the mom of two young children and the owner/founder …

Dr. Finch Discusses Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder on #FreeYourMindFriday

With a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Dr. Hayden Finch is passionate about understanding and treating schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other severe and persistent mental illnesses.  In addition to developing outpatient and residential treatment programs for severe mental illness in graduate school, she was involved in mental health policy and legislation advocacy.  During her clinical internship, …

When Insta-Care Isn’t Enough

Are you ever really hard on yourself for being really hard on yourself? Do you ever feel yourself fall into a rut and then fall further into the rut because you’re sad about the rut? Have you ever had a bad day when you really wanted a good day, so you try to declare it’s going to be a great …