Team Brookline supports five local charities in Brookline, MA. I am running for the Brookline Community Mental Health Center. I am sure that we have all been touched by mental health in some form or another and I wanted to share a little of my journey below.
I was a junior in high school when I became incredibly aware of mental health. It was during this time of my life that I finally understood the grasp of depression in the people that I loved. If one thing was evidently clear to me, it was that no matter what you are never alone. Some of my friends got help, others didn't. Why? Maybe it was because they were too scared to tell their parents. Maybe it was because they didn't want people to think something was wrong with them. Maybe they just truly didn't know what to do. As a 16 year old, I certainly didn't know what to do. I would just stay up late, talking to my friends just to make sure that they were okay. We didn't know that there were other people we could talk to about what was going on.
Since that time, mental health has started to become part of the conversation. People talk about it now. However, addressing mental health is nowhere near where it could be. There is still a negative stigma regarding mental health. That it makes you "weak". The Brookline Community Mental Health Center is guiding that conversation through its community and beyond. By focusing on mental health and treating it, you can help individuals, families, schools, and the entire community be more well rounded. Accepting mental health isn't "weak" it actually makes you stronger. By being in touch with yourself and getting help when you need it helps you to better understand how your brain works while also accepting others whose brains work differently than yours.
The Brookline Community Mental Health Center "works to make Brookline the strongest, healthiest community possible". Your support helps to keep BCMHC's doors open to all those who are treated regardless of the severity of their condition or the ability to pay.
My junior year taught me more than I would have ever anticipated. It opened my mind and my heart to people who are struggling with their demons; it made me recognize my own demons. That's why I am so proud to be running for the Brookline Community Mental Health Center. I am proud to know that the BCMHC is providing a helping hand to people who are fighting daily battles or who feel alone. The BCMHC is helping to build a stronger community by focusing on strong individuals and helping them find their greatness.