Breaking the silence: Teen mental health issues from a survivor's perspective
SARANAC LAKE – Being a teen is tough; just ask Jackie Ricciardi. On the outside, she seemed to have a perfect life, while inside she was struggling. She was her high school’s student body president, a solid athlete and in the top 10 percent of her class; her life seemed perfect. But inside, Jackie was struggling with depression, anxiety and chronic self-injury, and feared revealing any of this to friends or family because of the stigma surrounding mental health.
Jackie’s journey of healing began when she started college. Through her recovery, she became president of a campus mental health advocacy organization and has organized suicide awareness and mental health awareness benefits. Now as a guest speaker with Minding Your Mind, Jackie shares her experience to help those who might be feeling as isolated as she did before receiving the proper treatment. She also speaks to raise awareness about the importance of mental health, and is passionate about informing adolescents and parents about the challenges and powerful experience of recovery.
Come hear Jackie’s story of teen depression, anxiety and the power of recovery on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m., in the Saranac Lake High School auditorium. Make this evening a starting point in your family for a conversation about positive mental health. Sponsored by the Adirondack Health Foundation, Jackie’s lecture is free and open to the public.
Minding Your Mind’s (MYM) primary objective is to provide mental health education to adolescents, teens and young adults, their parents, teachers and school administrators. MYM’s speakers deliver a powerful and effective message of inspiration and hope based on their shared experience of mental illness. Their real life accounts help to reduce the stigma and destructive behaviors often associated with mental health issues and illness.