The people who volunteered to tell their stories in these videos want you to know that mental health struggles and dependence on substances are both more common than most people realize. They are also both treatable and manageable. There is a way through this.
There is help. There is hope.
If you or a loved one are struggling, know that there are people and resources waiting to help you. These videos are a first step. To find help in your area, visit our Local Resources page.
To talk with someone right now, call 1-800-273-8255. Trained professionals are waiting, 24/7, to provide support and walk with you through a crisis moment or simply to guide you to additional resources.
Abbe is a prevention professional who helps kids and families with mental health issues. She also has a child with anxiety.
Annie, now happily married with her own children, struggled with depression, self-esteem and suicidal thoughts as a teen.
Audrey was raised by a parent with a mental illness, and later developed dependence issues. She went on to a healthy, successful life.
Brody has worked to manage his depression throughout his life. He uses this understanding to mentor others now learning how.
Dave is the director of behavioral health services at a large hospital. He shares insights about managing mental illness.
A member of the Navajo Nation, Georgianna shares her unique struggles with substance abuse and mental health – and her recovery.
Jason experienced years of trauma and the mental health impact it had. He understands the pain and the hope opening up brings.
An advocate and volunteer with the Yazidi community, Laila understands how trauma contributes to depression and anxiety.
Having recovered from alcohol abuse for more than 40 years, Otto has now seen hundreds of others regain hope and recover too as a counselor.
As the director of the LGBTQA+ Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Pat sees students struggle and overcome.
Early in her college years, a traumatic incident triggered depression in Sadie. With professional help, she has found herself again.
As a high school principal and former teacher, Sue has insight into teens with mental health struggles and how to support them.
As a pastor, Thomas works with many people facing mental illness. He shares how faith communities can become more supportive.