Important lessons on talking openly about mental health

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Marena Koenka/mental health

In this episode of the Catching Your Memories podcast, 23-year-old Marena Koenka shares a story about her mental health struggles. Her experiences are her own and may not be like yours or someone else’s, but she has learned that there is great value in sharing them. Doing so helps to connect people, as well as normalize and destigmatize mental illness.

A warning: Some people may be triggered by some of Marena’s experiences, particularly when she talks about self-harming and suicidal ideation. If you would prefer to skip over those sections, here are some timecodes: Self-harming 12:35 to 13:32. Suicidal ideation 41:37 to 45:11.

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Resources

  • www.namimaine.org
  • NAMI Maine Teen Text Support Line (207) 515-8398 
  • Maine Statewide Crisis Line (call or text) 1 (888) 568-1112 

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