Walk In Our Shoes: Scarlett’s Story of Hope

Walk in Our Shoes, a multifaceted campaign that uses real stories from teens and young adults to teach youth about mental health challenges and mental wellness, has recently introduced the story of Scarlett.

scarlettScarlett was a happy-go-lucky, silly and fun little girl who was surrounded by people she cared about and who cared for her. But as she got older, she began feeling bullied about her weight and secluded herself from the ones she cared about.

“I went from having groups of friends and creating social clubs for the school to barely graduating because I was absent so much.”

At the age of 15, she was diagnosed with depression and social phobia. When she started college, her mom, who had been working in the mental health field, presented her with a plan to help her with recovery. It took time, some bad experiences and the blessing of a daughter, but she finally decided to get help.

Things happen, and sometimes, we don’t understand it, but ultimately if we have hope and remember that we are all here for a reason and have purpose, recovery is real and possible.”

Scarlett’s story is about a young woman who felt like she didn’t belong anymore, but through reaching out to the supporters in her life, she was able to find hope and recover from the mental health challenges that had been plaguing her.

Click on the image to listen to Scarlett’s story, and visit www.WalkInOurShoes.org to view the full gallery.