Sharing personal stories and professional perspectives is a powerful way to help decrease the stigma associated with mental illness. It also helps empower others to speak up and ask for help.

Anxiety disorders interfere with your ability to do everyday things like get out of bed, go to school and hang out with your friends.

There’s no easy solution, but the first step is dealing with the issues directly—with your child.

Heavy users of social media increase their risk of depression by 27%.


Source: Child Mind Institute

The Youth on The Site


All of the kids featured on the "We Need to Talk" website live in the metro Detroit area. We are extremely grateful for their participation and willingness to share their stories and insights. Many of the teens are also participants in Friendship Circle's UMatter program. We are greatly appreciative for the support and partnership of everyone involved in UMatter. Learn more here.

Do you have a story you’d like to share?

We’re always looking to expand the conversation about youth mental health.
Let us know.