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.

We invite you to learn more about the Speak Up for Kids and how to get involved.

Thanks to our 2017 Speak Up for Kids partners for their generous support of #MyYoungerSelf.


American Academy of Child and
Adolescent Psychiatry

American Psychological Association

American School Counselor Association

Anxiety and Depression
Association of America

Avielle Foundation



Common Sense Media

Crisis Text Line

Do Something.org

Eye to Eye

Flawless Foundation

Great Schools

Hunter Boot


International OCD Foundation

JED Foundation

Learning Disabilities
Association of America

Mindfull AUS


MTV Networks

National Association of
School Psychologists

National Council for
Behavioral Health

National Eating Disorders Association

National Institue on Drug Abuse

National Institutes of Health

National Parent Teacher Association

New York Council on Child
and Adolescent Psychiatry

Nfinite Strength

Parents Magazine

Peace of Mind.com

Project 375


Sesame Workshop

The Mighty

Tuesday’s Children