LAND O’ LAKES, Fla. — “Hello everybody, my identify is Eliza Smith and I’m your Miss Teen USA and I am so excited to be doing this informational video for you.”
Smith, 15, is fairly snug in entrance of the digital camera. The rising Junior at Land O’ Lakes Excessive Faculty is the host of a weekly video chat on Instagram.
“I’m so excited to be right here with my stunning mother. Say hi there, ‘Hello All people.'”
Smith’s chats are humorous, actual, and likewise uncooked and revealing.
“My household is all the time there to help me. Nonetheless, there have been instances in my childhood the place there have been adverse issues,” explains Smith.
Her platform, “Be daring, be stunning, be you,” is all about bringing psychological sickness consciousness to the forefront.
” I am actually captivated with it. As a result of my mother really struggles with despair. And it runs in my household, a number of my household over in Suriname have despair as nicely. And it is one thing that I personally do with as nicely, in addition to anxiousness. So I do know what it is prefer to battle with this stuff,” explains Smith.
She’s sharing her story hoping it’s going to save lives.
She’s teamed up with Nationwide Alliance on Psychological Sickness in Pasco County to encourage teenagers who may be fighting psychological well being to talk up.
“It actually saddens me that we reside in a society the place we will not actually speak brazenly about our psychological well being issues with out having despair and anxiousness. So I need to do what I can to only deliver training and consciousness,” she explains.
Should you or somebody you realize wants psychological well being assist, you may attain out to NAMI Pasco by clicking here or name them at 727-992-9653.