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JED Voices Video: Anna Akana Shares Her Story


Anna is an actress, comedian, singer-songwriter, and filmmaker, who is sharing her story to reach out and help others. At 17, she lost her younger sister to suicide, and in the years that followed, she experienced PTSD, depression, alcohol abuse, anxiety, and an eating disorder. Listen to Anna talk about her experience, and how developing positive methods of coping helped her appreciate life.

Watch the full video here, or scroll below for links to shorter clips. You can see all the JED Voices Videos in this YouTube playlist.

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The World Health Organization defines “mental health” “as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” In using this definition, S2i recognizes that some mental health challenges reflect brain diseases that, like physical diseases, require appropriate stigma-free and patient-centered care and include both mental health and substance use disorders. Other mental health challenges stem from social conditions and marginalization and require different forms of interventions.