GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Tons of of individuals pounded the pavement Saturday morning in downtown Grand Rapids to lift consciousness about psychological well being.
The Psychological Well being Basis of West Michigan hosted its 18th annual ‘Stomp Out Stigma’ stroll.
A teen from East Grand Rapids shared his story in hopes of constructing a distinction for others.
“I’m attempting to push myself and make steps in direction of the place I need to be, and that’s why I believe I’m an ideal instance, is as a result of I’m not good,” stated Nicolas Reuben.
While you check out Reuben, you see a assured 18-year-old working to create change, however the teen says this wasn’t all the time the case.
“One after the other, I ended going out as a lot and stopped enjoying soccer and doing all these items that I used to essentially get pleasure from. It took a pair years down the road in just like the second half of my freshman yr of highschool I’m like okay, I believe I truly could be depressed,” stated Reuben.
Reuben checked in to a psychological well being clinic in February 2020 and spent 3 days there.
“I ended up making some associates and I’m like, there are extra folks than I assumed who’ve the identical points as me and assume the identical method,” stated Reuben.
He’s now in constant remedy and needs to encourage others to get assist in the event that they want it.
“It’s a must to do it for your self, however you don’t should do it by your self,” stated Reuben.
“I’m encouraging folks to have open conversations with one another and don’t be afraid to speak about psychological well being. We’re strolling to create consciousness surrounding psychological well being problems, enhance consciousness, and reduce the stigma,” stated Christy Buck, the manager director of the Psychological Well being Basis of West Michigan.
Reuben says he hopes sharing his story will assist different folks sooner or later.
“I really feel like I can freely discuss it, so I’m a fantastic instance of having the ability to come out and share my story and inform all people that they’re not alone,” stated Reuben.
Extra details about the Psychological Well being Basis of West Michigan could be discovered on benice.org.