In honor of OCD awareness week, I’ve made donations to three non-profit organizations that are doing wonderful things to raise awareness about OCD and reaching out to teens who are struggling with their mental health:
- ReachOut: Helping young adults who struggle with feelings of hopelessness and thoughts of suicide to build resilience, withstand tough times and know they are not alone.
- Project UROK: Creating funny, meaningful videos for teenagers struggling with mental health issues, made by people who have been there before. They’re providing not only practical assistance, but also a sense of belonging, a sense of comfort, and a sense of hope.
- International OCD Association (IOCDA): Increasing access to effective treatment, ending the stigma associated with mental health issues, and fostering a community for those affected by OCD and the professionals who treat them.
All three of these organizations—and countless others—are working hard to stop the stigma around mental illness and providing teens with support and understanding.
If you’re struggling in any way, I urge you to take a moment to check out these resources. Your mental health is as important as your physical health, and there are so many people who want to help you.
Each donation was made in honor of “C, and all the special minds.” I’m so grateful to C—and to all my readers—for sharing their experiences with me. Please keep talking to me and to each other. You’re not alone.