"1 out of every 5 people struggles with mental illness – stop and think and you’ll discover that you probably know someone who is going through that right now.
Yes, mental illness is the dark secret so many live with. Now you can help change this.
While mental health issues are more freely discussed these days, it’s still difficult to approach someone who might have a problem. But ignoring it is not an option.
We can make a difference in showing teens that they are not alone on this journey and there is light at the end of the tunnel. I want people to see a way out of suffering, rather than suicide.
I seek to use my education and personal experience to help end the stigma that is on mental health.
My goal is to help our youth and their friends and families talk more about depression, suicide, and abuse.
I am an author of the bestselling novel Her, speaker, child abuse survivor, and mental health advocate with over ten years experience in the mental health field. When I was 15, my best friend, Holly, committed suicide. I found out after her death that she had a Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) stemming from the trauma of childhood abuse and this led to my writing Her.
It is a story of endurance, survival and finding hope from within."
Teresa McRae is the talented author of the Historical Fiction novel called Mamie Garrison. It is a tale of slavery, abolition, romance and history, set in the years just prior to the Civil War. Teresa is also one of three author friends who put together a compilation of short stories with a losely based Halloween theme. This book is called Thrillax and is available now on Amazon for .99 cents. Teresa has always enjoyed writing and is a voracious reader from her early youth. She is inspired by many authors in the historical fiction genre. She is also a lover of Russian literature, particularly Tolstoy and Doestoyefsky. Teresa finds great inspiration for creating characters by looking at the ones these two authors have created. She has written for most of her life in one form or another. She has dabbled in poetry and songwriting, and has more started novels than finished ones. In her free time, she likes reading, history, crossword puzzles and travel. She is interested in genealogy and working on her family tree. She lives in the Midwest United States with her husband, Chris and her dog, Max.