I’m Ellie, the creator of A Sound Mind And Body. I am a 26-year-old mental health advocate with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Maryville University. I am obtaining a Master of Science in Human Resources Development from Villanova University. Needless to say, mental health and related resources are significant to me. I have struggled with depression and anxiety for the better part of my life. I’ve lost too many loved ones over the years to suicide, and enough is enough regarding mental health stigmatization. We all speak about how we must destigmatize mental health, but how many of us actually do? How many people know where to turn when mental health affects their lives? If this community helps but just one person, it is a community worth creating. Hopefully, this can become an educational safe haven for all those in their mental health journey, whether just beginning or a seasoned veteran.

Every mind is unique and craves something a little different. A Sound Mind And Body’s mission is to provide a haven where people of all mindsets can come together. Here, people can obtain resources to help them learn, heal, grow, and ultimately better themselves in their mental health journey. The goal is to show that when we come together, we are much more alike than we are different. We are much stronger together than we are apart. You’re never truly alone.

It is no secret that mental health is stigmatized and while it is getting better, there is still work to be done. For a while, I intended to create a mental wellness community. I think I needed to experience more of life to learn my coping techniques before I was ready to share.

I did not always understand what I was battling with, especially in my younger years. I wish I could have had a haven to learn about my mental health, how to cope, ask questions, and see that there are SO many people who suffer from mental illness. This is a safe space where people can bring their authentic selves and feel free of judgment. That is precisely what A Sound Mind And Body seeks to do. Join in on raising awareness for mental health; the more, the merrier!

If you’re new to the mental health world, first welcome! Check out this “What Is Mental Health?” video to learn more!