Since I was 11 years old, I have struggled with mental health; I was bullied to the point where I had to move schools. I went through mental health and social problems all throughout middle and high school, but I did not let anything hold me back. I did not let fear stop me from succeeding in life. I am now 20 and about to graduate with bachelor’s in psychology, and I can tell you that using your resources is helpful. As I have gotten older, I have found ways to use my resources and gained the strength to fight against the stigma of mental health. May is mental health awareness month, so I have found some tips on how using your resources fights the stigma.
In this heartfelt blog post, Drezdan Ginder, senior at Carroll HS, shares her thoughts and encouragement to the class of 2020.
Our favorite moments of respect, sportsmanship, and leadership from the World Cup.
Local High School Junior, Drezdan, shares how the doing little things can make the biggest difference this school year!
Fear seems to stop so many people from taking chances in life. This piece was written to encourage us to step out and jump in, try something new, take a chance...and experience life to the fullest.
This entry will leave you with a better understanding of the battle that happens for people who struggle with an eating disorder.
In a time when our nation's youth are realizing how powerful their voices can be, Drezdan Ginder reminds us that we need to use our voice for good and to change our world.
Amy shares her life story through a form of poetry called spoken word.
Our social media manager tells us why she's taking some time to unplug this year, and has some ways you can join her!
For 2018, we challenge you to invest in yourself, both physically and emotionally, and we believe that begins with genuinely loving who you are. Here's four ways to get started.
Five ways to practice healthy relationships in 2018.
Setting goals is an important way to make sure that your dreams become reality, but if it's not done properly it can be really discouraging. We have some tips for great goal setting in 2018.
Practical steps you can take to improving your friendships in 2018.
Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Stressed out? Have too many things to do and not enough time? Sophomore, Drezdan Ginder, shares a vulnerable look into a life that is overwhelmed and provides encouragement to anyone who needs to know how to sometimes say no to a To-Do list and yes to a life that is more rewarding.
Sophomore, Drezdan Ginder, shares her insight about the importance of surrounding yourself with good friends.
Do you love social media? Yes? So do we! Blogger, AshleyDannie, takes a close look at the do's and don'ts of social media to keep us safe and encourage us to be real.
A letter to those that feel like they have no voice.
A local high school student writes authentically about the thoughts that play in our minds when we attempt to connect with others.
This entry was written by senior, Lizzy Clark, about the way that teens sometimes mask who they truly are for fear of being truly known.
When our nation's teens are taking their lives on a daily basis, it's time for a change. That change starts with you. Freshman, Drezdan Ginder, encourages students to be part of the change in their schools and make a positive difference in someone's life.
Beautiful entry written by one of our speakers, Jennifer Barnes, about the changing seasons of life.
Senior Intern, Natalya Haddix, shares in this post about her loves for her sports and how they have shaped her to be the person that she is today.
Words of encouragement from Freshman, Drezdan Ginder, as she seeks to help us understand the importance of living our life with courage today to conquer the struggles me may encounter tomorrow.
Maria Bowersock shares insight about how to not focus on the bad parts in your life and instead find joy in the good things in your life.
This encouraging entry about luck versus seizing the opportunity was written by Assistant Principal at East Noble High School, Rief Gilg.
Maria Bowersock explains how to experience thankfulness in the midst of painful situations with practical tips.
1 in 3 teenage relationships is abusive mentally, emotionally, verbally, physically, socially, and/or sexually. Let's come together and change this statistic. You are valuable. She is valuable. He is valuable.
9th grader, Drezdan Ginder, shares how being a "follower" of the right kind of person can actually make you a more dynamic leader.
A beautiful blog entry about self-acceptance and healing from a tragic situation.
Drezdan Ginder reflects on her last three years of middle school and offers advice to those getting ready to enter middle school.
This entry was written by senior, Courtney Kresl, as a reflection of the impact that she has made over the past four years in high school and the legacy that she will be leaving behind after graduation this May.
A beautiful entry about self-worth, self-respect, and finding yourself written by 8th grader, Drezdan Ginder.
In this episode of Couch Conversations, Amy talks about relationships and how to tell if your relationship is TRUE LOVE or a true disaster.
This poem, written by Amy Hanna, was written for Northwood Middle School Leadership Academy as part of a talk about healthy vs. unhealthy friendships.
During this episode of Couch Conversations, Amy talks about the importance of healthy communication and shares tips on how to connect in a respectful, assertive way with others.
In this episode of Couch Conversations, Amy shares the importance of self-respect and shares a message of truth and encouragement to those who may be struggling with seeing themselves as valuable and worth it.
This is an inspiring poem submitted by a student from Northrop High School that encourages everyone to never give up on life.
Amy, how can I get rid of an emotional attachment toward someone without completely kicking them out of my life? Is there a way to prevent emotional ties in the future?
Amy, how can I make sure that I keep my boundaries in a relationship?
Amy, how do I respect a friend who has hurt me?
A beautiful and authentic entry from DasFort blogger, Brittany King, as she reflects on her high school years and uses her experiences to better herself and others.