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Hannah’s Story

Hannah Metzger joined Active Minds as a freshman and served as chapter president at West Chester University (PA) for two years. Over the summer, we had the privilege of hosting Hannah as an intern at our national office.

After watching the interview below, you’ll be so impressed with Hannah’s strength, warmth, and poise, and the amazing impact Active Minds has every day.

 

 

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

When I was 13-years-old I lost my father to suicide. And when I was 17 I lost my 14-year-old brother. And since then I’ve really struggled with depression and anxiety as a result of that…

When I first began college, I was fine in the beginning of the first semester of my freshman year and then started to get really overwhelmed and decided I couldn’t do it and was never going to make it through. And I had a breakdown in mid-October I would say, and talked to my mom and told her for the first time I was actually thinking of ending my own life. And it was terrifying…

Then the spring of my freshman year, I found Active Minds on my campus and it finally felt like that one place I was looking for that I needed some support from…

Active Minds is really important on college campuses because the onset age for many different mental health disorders and illnesses is early college age, so 18, 19, 20, 21. And I don’t think anyone is getting the help they need because it’s such a weird transition period that they don’t know what’s available, they don’t know where to go, they struggle by themselves and think this is just a me problem, she’s not feeling this way obviously. A lot of people don’t get help.

Active Minds is a good place that acts as a comforting type of zone rather than the stress and anxiety that comes with going to a therapist. I think it’s a great place for students particularly to connect with other students and realize that they’re not the only one struggling and that it’s ok to ask for help…

I think we still have a long way to go on campuses. I think that bringing Active Minds to campuses is definitely putting the foot in the door and making the conversation begin, but I also think that so many people are still stigmatizing it and still putting it off as, oh I don’t have a problem so it doesn’t matter. And I think that by changing the atmosphere on college campuses to make it more accepting it will slowly make people realize that its ok, and help isn’t a sign of weakness, and reaching out is not you giving up and being vulnerable, it’s you being strong enough to admit, I’m having a tough time and I need help…

So, getting the help that I needed really changed my life honestly. And I want other people to see that it’s ok to reach out for help and see that there is hope, whether it’s the darkest of days, I feel that I’ve been there, but there is always going to be a brighter day. And I think Active Minds does a good job of helping people see that there is a brighter side to things.