Musicians, actors, athletes and more who grew up with mental health and learning disorders are coming together to send their younger selves messages of hope.
Visit the campaign website SpeakUpForKids.org to watch, like and share the celebrity videos. For educators, please download our #MyYoungerSelf Educator Toolkit to facilitate conversations in the classroom.
Each day in May, the Child Mind Institute will unveil a video by a prominent individual speaking to his or her younger self about growing up with a mental health or learning disorder. #MyYoungerSelf is part of Speak Up for Kids, the Child Mind Institute’s campaign to raise public awareness and counter the stigma for the 1 in 5 children struggling with these disorders. With the right care and support, we can end the stigma. Help us Speak Up for Kids by sharing these stories.
Millions of these children don’t get help because we’re afraid to speak up. You can play a vital role in shattering the silence. Tell your own story about growing up with a mental health or learning disorder by posting a video with the hashtag #MyYoungerSelf.
Thanks to our 2017 Speak Up for Kids partners for their generous support of #MyYoungerSelf.
American Academy of Child and
American Psychological Association
American School Counselor Association
Anxiety and Depression
Common Sense Media
Crisis Text Line
Eye to Eye
International OCD Foundation
National Association of
National Council for
National Eating Disorders Association
National Institue on Drug Abuse
National Institutes of Health
National Parent Teacher Association
New York Council on Child
Peace of Mind.com