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Minding Your Mind Foundation
Ardmore, PA 19003
Improving the lives of adolescents and young adults with mental health issues by working to eliminate stigma.
Interests: The primary objective of the Minding Your Mind Foundation is to improve the lives of adolescents and young adults with mental health issues by eliminating stigma and the destructive attitudes and behaviors perpetuated by stigma. To this end, Minding Your Mind provides direct support and technical assistance to initiatives that advance public perceptions of mental health problems, encourage treatment and promote recovery. Our outreach programs enlighten families and educators about the warning signs so often masked by adolescent behaviors, and promote open dialogue in schools and at home to encourage families to seek appropriate help. Our priorities are in the following three areas: exemplary youth and family-focused public education initiatives, promising research on early detection and prevention of mental health disorders, and collaborative program strategies among mental health organization.
Recent Activity
Minding Your Mind Blog: It feels so good to get things done! After having way too many ups and downs with my moods these past few weeks, I am starting to take major steps forward. Yesterday, I was the keynote at the Montgomery County Luncheon and today I worked on reports at The COAD Group, but also got to help encourage people in a small group at a mental health site in Chester County. I'm just so sick of wondering and obsessing about what will happen and comparing myself to other people. I want to make things happen instead of... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2010 at My Fight for IMperfection
Minding Your Mind Blog: "When life knocks you down, you have the choice to get back up." O, how true this is. We all have those days, weeks and even months where we think nothing can get any worse and where you feel like your world is completely crashing down. I've felt this way for a good three weeks, but after having a long talk with my dad yesterday and after sitting here watching two people compete for their dream of winning American Idol, I think I really am at the point where I don't want to keep obsessing, focusing... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2010 at My Fight for IMperfection
Minding Your Mind Blog: Because of the "downs" in life, I am starting to believe more and more that we really can appreciate the "ups" when they come. Well, this was a weekend where I could for sure enjoy the "ups." But, my "ups" weren't completely fabulous and off the charts, but more low key and just enjoyable. Everyday I am learning the importance of enjoying every second of life because we really do not know what will happen. You all know I have been in a slump for the past two weeks and that I was trying to do... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2010 at My Fight for IMperfection
Minding Your Mind Blog: Today was a beautiful day. I got to see my good friend's new baby girl Brielle and had the chance to take her one and a half year old son to the park. The sun was shining, the birds chirping and children laughing, yet a part of me did not really feel there. For some reason, the depression inside of me, the thoughts and feelings that I won't make it were so loud and I couldn't get them out of my head. I still had a wonderful day and enjoyed the time with my friend and... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2010 at My Fight for IMperfection
Minding Your Mind Blog: I am finding out that with death can come new life, but it is not always easy to really want to believe that. This past year I have lost many people that have inspired my life in some way and it has been rough dealing with their passing because once I think about death, I start obsessing about everything and my OCD becomes 100 times worse. Some people may obsess about certain things, but the way I personally obsess can become so dangerous to my overall health. I constantly am fixated on "making a great future... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2010 at My Fight for IMperfection
Minding Your Mind Blog: So, I had a rough start to my day yesterday, but after learning CBS 3 reporter Valerie Levesque wanted to interview me, my day seemed all the more better. Valerie came to my softball game and her co-worker grabbed some good shots of me playing. I felt like somewhat of a celebrity because my teammates and the other team were a little stunned when CBS showed up. The interview was in response to the recent tragic youth suicides that have been taking place across the Philadelphia area. During the 6th inning, Valerie interviewed me and asked... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2010 at My Fight for IMperfection
So, I've been a little down this past week. I'm trying to take steps to my future/career and am losing sight of the present because I am so obsessed with "making it." It seems I am missing "the now" and the normal life events that happen each and every day. I really want to go talk to someone soon before anything gets worse. I am doing some positive things though. I am using my positive coping mechanisms to help me pull through plus I am taking my medicine on time. Sometimes, it so hard to come out of a slump... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2010 at My Fight for IMperfection
So I had an AMAZING day this past Monday with speaking at the MYM Forum and also doing my first press conference, but after all that excitement dies down, what happens next? I really have a hard time experiencing something so amazing and then having to go back to "real life." I usually get very depressed and dwell on what was and not what is. I am really struggling to keep up on work. I did speak three times today at Coatesville Area High School, but other than speaking, nothing much but soccer and softball are of any interest to... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2010 at My Fight for IMperfection
My big day on May 10th finally came! It was one seriously of the best days of my life. In the morning I spoke at my first press conference on anti-bullying with the Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman. Every news station was there along with some newspaper reporters. I was able to share part of my story and discuss the importance of not judging others. I was so honored that Amy from Minding Your Mind had so much trust in me to represent Minding Your Mind and take part in the press conference. Later that day I had... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2010 at My Fight for IMperfection
Yesterday I attended the Chester County Community Support Program (CSP)'s Mental Health Spring Festival. The day started off with education on advocating for yourself, followed by lunch and then the fun really started. One of the adult mental health consumers broke out of her shell and grabbed the microphone and started singing and dancing for everyone. This was followed by flower pot painting and I got to run the table for making stress balls out of balloons and flour. Right after that I taught a few people my favorite dance, "The Cupid Shuffle." Honestly, I was having a rough week,... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2010 at My Fight for IMperfection
With 1 of my lasts posts, you heard I was down and experiencing the symptoms of depression. It took some courage for me to tell my true feelings, because I am a national keynote motivational speaker and am suppose to be perfectly fine now. But I will not sit here and pretend I am cured and that life is perfect because it never will be. Things will happen in my life and I will cope with them. I will experience my OCD and depression and have my good days and bad days. It's just like a bad break. You may... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2010 at My Fight for IMperfection
Voting for this Pepsi Refresh grant has taken over my life the past two weeks. I am sad we are in 18th place, but I have the hope that we will get it in the month of May. I have been advertising in restaurants, flyering door to door and literally handed out flyers in the middle of a busy intersection. I am driven by my passion for this cause, but I am only 1 person. I had the help of some of my great friends and Kristen, one of the faces for the organization helped as well, but we need... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2010 at My Fight for IMperfection
What a horrible week this has been. For some reason I was so down and finding out that a friend's father passed away did not help my mood. Every single morning it took me at least an hour to get out of bed. I honestly just felt so worthless, empty and weak. I wanted to stay in bed all day, everyday, but I knew it was my depression and something that I had to fight. People don't realize the physical pains that occur with depression and any mental illness for that matter. I literally felt so weak and empty and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2010 at My Fight for IMperfection
I can never get used to hearing that people I know are dying left and right. I am beyond angry and want an answer to the question, "Why do people have to die?" I went for a run to clear my mind tonight, but instead had a full-fledged panic attack and I just weeped while I stared into the sky. I know people have to die, but I just wonder why some have to die so young when they are just starting their life. I came back home and had a long talk with my mommom who helped me realize... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2010 at My Fight for IMperfection
R.I.P Coach Fran Tacconelli <3 Speaking of losses, two weeks ago Immaculata University (IU) lost their former woman's soccer coach Fran Tacconelli, who happened to coach me for my four years of playing soccer at IU. Fran was one of those coaches that believed in his players both on and off the field. He was always seeing how life was even off season and truly cared for the improvement of the program. I will never forget this man because each day he lived his life to the fullest. In my second season I learned that my coach survived cancer, two... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2010 at My Fight for IMperfection
My family lost someone close this past week. It's my dad's sister-in-law's father who was like an uncle to me. I came back from a great trip in Kansas and the next day have to go to a funeral. It's funny how you can have an amazing day followed by such a sad day. But you realize, that is life and something we cannot control. I always do things in even numbers to prevent bad things from happening and for some reason when something bad happens my first thought is, "What did I do to disobey my OCD?" Sometimes it's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2010 at My Fight for IMperfection
I spoke in Wakeeny, KS this past Tuesday, April 20th. My trip started with a flight to Denver, CO following a VERY small plane ride to Hays, KS that had two people including myself. I'm not to big on planes, so taking the small plane knowing there were big thunderstorms to our North was not too comforting for my anxiety level. We did make it there safe and I actually became really good friends with the pilots who stayed in the same hotel as me. My favorite part about trips is meeting people and actually staying in touch. With Facebook... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2010 at My Fight for IMperfection
I am so excited for this very busy weekend! Saturday I am being honored at the 45th Anniversary of The COAD Group of Chester County for my mental health advocacy work. Then come Sunday I will be running in a 5K for the cause of mental health, kicking butt in my soccer game that afternoon and then hopefully resting because the week will be even more busy. Monday I work at Minding Your Mind then catch a flight to Wakeeny, Kansas to speak on Tuesday at the high school, then have to catch a flight back on Tuesday because I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2010 at My Fight for IMperfection
I spoke at Oxford High School today and literally had a line of students waiting to talk to me. Some shared their own experiences with life and how they pulled through a tough situation. Others had questions about family members and friends and wondered where they could find help. We did the Cupid Shuffle again and I think some of the students went out of their comfort zone, which is pretty awesome. From hearing the stories, having people dance and getting the crowd going, I get so much inspiration and more courage to go on and continue sharing my story.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2010 at My Fight for IMperfection
I was so overwhelmed this afternoon and not sure why. I felt the physical pains coming on and was doing all I could to hide my tears. This was a feeling I've experienced before and usually led to me feeling like my life was spinning out of control. I wanted to give in, cry, dwell and punch a wall, but I knew I had to use my positive coping mechanisms so I didn't wake up the next day disappointed in myself. I decided to go for a run to let out my stress, but it wasn't enough. So I literally... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2010 at My Fight for IMperfection
Family is funny sometimes. One week there is a huge fight and no one wants to talk. Then the next week there are phone calls and pleading from other family members for everyone to make up. Then the following week, everything is back to "normal." Sometimes it is easy to forgive, but other times people hold so much anger that they cannot physically and mentally forgive someone. It hurts to see family members fight, but sometimes it's easier because you know there is always that chance that you will be forgiven. Everyone deserves a second, third and fourth chance because... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2010 at My Fight for IMperfection
Where did March go? I feel like time is flying. Easter is already over and it is almost summer. I have been speaking a lot and loving it. The students seem to get a lot out of my talks and usually by the time I exit the door, I have at least 30 friend requests on Facebook. It brings joy to my heart to know they hear the message. Right after my speech I bring about six students to the front to do the "Cupid Shuffle." It usually gets the crowd going and seems to leave the students in a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2010 at My Fight for IMperfection
Does anyone ever feel like when one bad thing happens, more and more start to occur more frequently? Maybe it's because you are now expecting more bad to happen? There are some heavy things going on in my life right now. I am really worried about some family members and friends who I am trying to help get through some tough situations. I also have a lot negative thoughts and obsessions about my future that keep piling up in my mind. This is causing me to be a bit overwhelmed and of course I have that feeling that I want... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2010 at My Fight for IMperfection
I have a pretty bad head cold right now. My head feels like it weighs 100 pounds and my ears won't stop popping. But of course I can't let this stop me from going about my day. I worked for COAD today representing their Mental Health Services Department at a Youth Expo in Chester County, PA. I saw some familiar faces and my ex-coworkers who I miss dearly. I was so overwhelmed and excited about how many services one county in PA has for their residents. There was mental health services, drug and alcohol, partial hospitalization centers, family support, camps... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2010 at My Fight for IMperfection
3/22/10 This past weekend was AMAZING! It was the first day of Spring and the weather was literally beyond perfect! On Saturday I helped my grandparents put up bird feeder and then headed to South Jersey to hang with my best friend Lexi, her brother Jonny, her boyfriend and friends. We had a fun night dancing and socializing and then just relaxed on Sunday. After getting a good 10 hour of sleep, we grabbed lunch and had a picnic outside. We were literally outside sitting on a blanket for three hours. The weather was way to nice to be inside.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2010 at My Fight for IMperfection