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February 23, 2021 43 min

In todays' episode we speak with a young woman that survived a suicide attempt. She changed the course of her life and is now helping others to not just survive, but THRIVE. 

Anxiety and depression are REAL and prevalent in the world, today. In our show you will learn:
How to cope.
What are the signs to look for?
How do you overcome stigma?

About Mandy:
One moment can change the trajectory of your future, and for Mandy Peterson that day was ten years ago when she survived a suicide attempt after years of battling depression and anxiety. That moment propelled Mandy to do more in the mental health field. As a current graduate student focusing on Clinical Mental Health Mandy aspires to be an adolescent counselor for individuals battling mental illness.

Mandy took her desire to aid the mental health field further and become an advocate and ally across the country. She has had the opportunity to speak at schools and military bases across the United States in addition to being honored at the United Nations for her advocacy work. She has also used her love for pageantry to act as a loudspeaker for her mental health passion.  As your Ms. United States - 2020 Mandy is on a mission to break down stigmas surrounding mental health, to educate individuals on mental health and resources and lastly she hopes to bridge the gap in accessible care for individuals struggling.

Personal Story

According to the national health counsel anxiety and depression screenings have increased by almost 400 percent EVERY DAY!

 As someone who has overcome both anxiety and depression, in addition to launching a career in clinical counseling, my advocacy comes from both personal and professional perspectives.

How to reach Mandy:

Facebook: @MsUnitedStatesPageant  

Instagram: @OfficialMsUnitedstates


Crisis Intervention Hotlines:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline:  1-800-273-8255 (TALK).

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: 888-333-2377

Crisis Text Line : Text Hello, Hi, or Help to 741741

YouthLine (Ages 11-21): Text teen2teen to 839863, or call 1-877-968-8491


Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence Hotlines:

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)

National Sexual Assault Hotline : 800-656-4673 (HOPE)

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network):1-800-656-4673

Substance Abuse Hotlines:

SAMHSA National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357

Al-Anon and Ala-teen hotline line: 800-356-9996 call 855-378-4373 or text 55753


Disorder Specific Hotlines:

Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA): provides information on prevention, treatment and symptoms of anxiety, depression and related conditions.  240-485-1001      

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA): provides information on bipolar disorder and depression, offers in-person and online support groups and forums. 800-826-3632

For a full list, please reach out to Mandy on social media. 

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