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, …

Sometimes We Feel Sad, But It’s Completely Okay

by Ivy from Beautifully Simply You For most or my life, I never realized that it was okay to feel sad. Whenever I felt sad, I was made to feel small and worthless by the toxic people I surrounded myself with, so feeling sad became something that was far from okay, something I learned to hide. Recently, a child I …

The Strength in Speaking Your Truth

For most of my life, I was terrified to tell my truth for fear of being judged, labeled as weak, or ridiculed. For most of my life, I have craved external validation and acceptance from others. During the majority of my past relationships, I was made to feel small after I spoke up about how I felt. Even though I …

How Emma’s Smashing Stigma By Sharing Her Story

As a varsity field hockey player in high school, I wanted to be the best. I wanted to work harder, run faster, and be a more skillful athlete than anyone else on the field. I started eating “clean” and running outside of practice time. I became increasingly obsessed with my reflection in the mirror and the calories on my plate. …

I’m Nick and this is my 1N5 journey…

Meet Nick, a senior at Summit Country Day, who lives with clinical depression, anxiety disorder, and suicidal thoughts. He explains how his sleep issues, extreme fatigue, and wanting to “melt into the couch” were overlooked symptoms until he realized it was all connected to his mental health. Nick’s goal is to create a society where people talk about their mental …

1N5 Gives $150K to Cincinnati Children’s ‘Surviving the Teens’ Program

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 1N5’s Executive Director, Nancy Eigel-Miller, presented a grant of $150,000 to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to help fund the newly revamped Surviving the Teens–Adapting for Life program. Because of the support from 1N5, Surviving the Teens–Adapting for Life has been updated to meet the needs of the 21st-century student. The five-day program educates students on …

1N5 Educates Seton Students on Mental Illness

Thursday, December 13, 2018 1N5 presented to over 500 students at Seton High School. The 90 minute presentation focused on educating students on the facts about mental illness and also highlighted the stories of various individuals who are on the journey toward recovery from their mental illnesses. Students also learned about the importance of self-care, specifically taking time to slow …

I’m Lauryn and this is my 1N5 journey…

(*Trigger Warning*) Meet Lauryn Powers, a brave Wright State University student, sharing her story about living with bipolar II disorder, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm. She shares how her dealing with her mother’s mental illness and the loss of her grandfather impacted her life and led to her seeking professional help for her mental health at the Lindner Center of Hope.

Messages of Hope for Every Student at McAuley High

On World Suicide Prevention Day, a group of ten McAuley High School students from The Fearless Initiative, helped student, Mattie Flynn’s, dream of spreading messages of hope come alive. The dream was to distribute messages of love, encouragement and hope to each student at McAuley High and that is just what they did. This small group of students from The …

I’m Sydney and this is my 1N5 journey…

Meet Sydney, a local high school senior living beyond her depression, self-harm, and suicide ideation. At an early age, Sydney survived the trauma of physical and sexual abuse, bullying, and losing a parent. Her story is one of survival and triumph over circumstances that were out of her control and now she’s owning her painful past by telling her truth! …