Minding Your Mind with Emma Barrera
January 15, 2019
Event website

"Minding Your Mind’s (MYM) primary objective is to provide mental health education to adolescents, teens and young adults, their parents, teachers and school administrators. Our goal is to reduce the stigma and destructive behaviors often associated with mental health issues. Treatment is available, yet only 3 out of 10 individuals needing help actually seek help. Minding Your Mind Programs move away from crisis based response to prevention through education.

Our educational programs provide information regarding signs and symptoms of these disorders, in addition to stressing that they are treatable and treatment is available. Mood disorders have been identified by the World Health Organization as the third leading cause of disability worldwide. Research studies have demonstrated that over 90% of people that die from suicide have one or more psychiatric disorders at the time of their death. The second leading cause of death of individuals between the ages of 14-23 is suicide. Since the age of onset of most psychiatric disorders is typically during adolescence, it is essential that the proper information be brought to the attention of secondary school educators, counselors, students and their parents."

Minding Your Mind speaker Emma Barrera will share her story.

Since she was nine years old, Emma has felt the weight of anxiety – even without having a name to call what she was feeling. She became a high-achiever in an attempt to fulfill the expectations of others, and to hide the growing symptoms of her anxiety. The recognition she received for her achievements made her a prime target for bullying, both in school and on her track team. In her quest to find answers to the questions she had about her feelings, she discovered the importance of self-advocacy and the value of trusting yourself. Today, she shares her story of recovery to inspire others to find their way to healing through self-advocacy and positive coping mechanisms


MMA Parent Series events are open to the parents/guardians of current Merion Mercy Academy students.



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