From My Experience: Youth Discuss Living Through a Mental Health Crisis

Family watching webinar on laptop.

Aired Wednesday, August 31, 2022

The teen years can be challenging. When pressures from school, peers, work, family, and society build, it can be hard to know how to let off steam. Bingeing Netflix and sleeping through tough days might feel helpful at the moment, but that doesn’t address the underlying stressors. Too often, teens feel alone, overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, and without hope. Sometimes this can lead to a mental health crisis situation. What happens then?

Our young adult panelists want teens to know they are not alone and adults to know they have an important role to play in a crisis situation. Hear first-hand their experiences with mental health challenges and learn about available crisis resources. After the panel discussion, participants who join live on Zoom* will have the opportunity to connect with other teens and caring adults in breakout rooms.

*Space is limited to join the Zoom breakout room session. The educational portion of the program will stream live on Facebook and be available as a recording.

This program is intended for caregivers, family members, teens, young adults, and caring adults interested in learning about teen mental health and responding to crisis situations.



George Harrington Trust

Jane B. Cook 1992 Charitable Trust

Rebecca Pomroy Foundation

Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation

Bennett Family Foundation

Thomas Anthony Pappas Charitable Foundation

John Donnelly Trust

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Suicide Prevention Program



Courtney Canale, Moderator

Courtney Canale, BS, has been a Teen Speaker with Families for Depression Awareness since 2013 and previously worked as an intern and staff member . Courtney lives with bipolar disorder. Her experiences have made her passionate about raising awareness around mental health conditions and eliminating the stigma associated with getting help. She graduated from Canton High School and earned her BS in Psychology from Bridgewater State University. Today, Courtney is excited to be starting a family of her own with her loving husband, Dennis, and her Siamese cat, Jules.


Arensa, Panelist

Arensa is a rising senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst majoring in English. After college Arensa plans to attend law school. Arensa’s hobbies include singing, biking, roller skating, and reading. Arensa loves volunteering, as well as being a member of Families for Depression Awareness’ Teen Speakers, she volunteers in food pantries and clothing drives for those in need in her community.


Michaela, Panelist

Michaela is a 20-year-old student who has been speaking with Families for Depression Awareness for four years. Michaela shares her experiences battling both depression and anxiety and time spent in hospitalization programs. She is now a college student, studying to become a high school teacher.