Find a Happy Place

Okay, it's been a while, but we're sitting down to talk about The Big D again. You guys, this is my platform this year. And realistically it has been for pretty much every year for the last ten. But you wouldn't know that, right?

Well that's the point, you wouldn't know that. Because it is still a conversation that makes backs go up, and eyes cast to the side.

And that's the point of this platform - a platform, just by the way, is a personal cause or issue that us Miss America girls champion during our many years of service. The point is to talk about it, to make it known. To help people understand - maybe people who have no personal understanding of mental health challenges - what it means to be in that place and what it means to be on the other side of it.

I think it's important to understand one thing first, everyone is connected to this. 

I mean that. The reality is that 1 in 5 American adults experience some mental health challenge every year. So even if that is not you, that is someone you know. That is your brother, your best friend, your girlfriend, your cousin, or your coworker. And if that is you, I think it's just as important that the people in your life are able to understand what that is like for you, as it is for them to understand what it means for them.

Above all of that, we can all always use a greater understanding of how to stay healthy, what healthy looks like, and why mental health is just as important as physical health.

That's a lot, right?


Well the good news is, y'all get to hear me talk about this for the next year. I'm talking this from Highgate to Bennington, and we're going to get people to sit down and have a real conversation about what it means to fight for positive mental health.

Because make no mistake, this is a fight.

This is a fight every day.

No matter what your struggle is, and where you are in that journey, you're fighting to stay healthy, to get to that happy place. Part of my job this year is to share those stories with other people. People who have no idea what this is fight is like need to hear it from us. Because only then are we going to get the chance to open the doors to positive mental health to everyone.

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