This is my third year as co-captain of this amazing team! I am so psyched that we'll be able to ride together this summer!!!
My journey with mental health started with my father. From a very young age, I watched him struggle with anxiety and depression; he self-medicated and became an alcoholic. I grew up ashamed and afraid. I wasn't able to talk with others about this until I was well into my 20s.
Now, because of the social and emotional toll that the pandemic has caused particularly for our youth who rely on social interaction for developmental growth, I am really concerned about the long-term effects. This is on top of what has been a growing epidemic of mental health struggles among our youth pre-covid. We've all been profoundly impacted by so many who struggle.
My big picture goal is to raise awareness for mental health and BREAK THE STIGMA!
Hoping you'll support me in this much needed endeavor.