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1 in 5 of us face mental health challenges.
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Peer mentors know what it’s like to cope through mental health challenges. We’re here to listen, and remind you that you are strong.
Sharing my story and putting words to what was going on in my head — letting that come out and be out in the open, that was the way that I knew that I was going to get better.
I want to say that there are people out there who care about you. No matter how much you feel like you’re alone in the process of experiencing whatever it is you’re experiencing, there are so many people out there who care about you as a human being — not just about your symptoms.
Today if you feel like the world is against you, tomorrow might be a better day, a day where you can look to the future and it looks a little brighter than yesterday.
Before joining the team as a certified peer specialist in 2018, I was a participant in its program. As a kid, my personality was always a bit introverted, so I couldn’t really tell anything different was going on with me until I was 24 and struggling under a lot of stress. I was referred to OnTrackNY, which started my turnaround. It also helped that I come from a large family and everyone supported me, particularly my dad, who was always willing to listen without judgment.
Much of what I do now as a peer mentor is try to emulate his way of offering space to share freely, of really hearing what people are saying and validating their feelings. I want to help others get through the tough parts, overcome the fears and stigmas, and build up their resilience so they can live the life they want.
It started freshman year in college, soon after I moved and got settled in my dorm. I began to notice a decrease in the way I was able to function. I felt like it took me a lot longer to do things that usually came easy to me, particularly in my classwork. The early intervention clinic was actually in the dorm where I was living, which was convenient. I don’t know if I would have been able to reach out for help if it were farther away. I was away at school, in a different town, and I didn’t know any local counselors, so I stuck with what was available within the university. Thankfully, I didn’t fall through the cracks.
When I was 19, I became overwhelmed with stress. I started hearing voices and before I knew what was happening, I was failing my college classes. I dropped out of school and refused to seek help. At 20, a family friend encouraged me to see a doctor. That conversation saved my life.
As soon as I started treatment, I realized how unwell I had been. Two years later I was back in school, and today, I’m a psychiatric nurse practitioner, helping young people get the help they deserve.
I’m OnTrackNY’s licensed therapist. I’m here to check in, listen to your story, address any concerns you have, and help you decide what comes next. I’ve worked with New Yorkers of various ages, backgrounds, and circumstances. If you’d like, think of me as a free alternative to “Dr.” Google: Instead of freaking you out with loads of impersonal and general info, I’ll try to allay your fears and offer options for getting appropriate support near you.
You can reach out anonymously if you’d like, but please do reach out. I’ve seen first-hand that the bigger your circle, the better your outcome. If it makes sense for you, I can help connect you with well-informed, well-trained specialists in your area who’ll strive to understand what’s going on, check in with you regularly, and help you get back to feeling yourself again.
Together, we are strong.
Strong 365 is a free, confidential mental health resource built by a team who knows what it’s like to struggle. We are living proof that you’re not alone, and that with time, patience, and determination, it gets better and you get stronger.
We’re here to connect you to expert advice and quality care when it matters most — because the earlier you get support, the sooner you’ll begin to feel like yourself again.