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Make It OK Stories

Marty's story

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Marty Parrish alternated between periods of wellness and depression over three decades.

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Carrie's story

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Carrie Clogg has been fighting stigma her entire life — not for herself, but for her son.

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Dawn's story

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Dawn Martinez Oropeza wants to remove barriers for Latinx youth in need of mental health resources.

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Karla's story

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Karla Walsh struggled with anorexia nervosa — an eating disorder and mental illness.

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Kristin's story

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Kristin Sauter still deals with anxiety, but has developed healthy coping habits.

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Krys' story

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Therapy helped Krys Rankin have a greater understanding of her mental illness.

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Ann's story

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Ann Flood might’ve sought help for her ADHD earlier in life if it wasn’t for the stigma. 

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Orlando's story

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Orlando Fuentes wants to be known as an ally for those struggling with mental illness.

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Sarah's story

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Sarah Noll Wilson, who suffers from panic disorder, wants others is to seek help if they need it.

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Claire's story

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After learning how to manage her mental illness, Claire Richmond became more confident.

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Dan's story

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After seeking professional help, Dan Hanrahan is now grateful for his mental health journey.

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Beth's story

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After Beth Nyguard's husband took his own life, she wants to speak out about stigma.

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Danny's story

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A traumatic childhood experience caused Danny Beyer to experience anxiety as an adult.

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Lauren's story

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Lauren Matysik is open about her mental health struggles, hoping her story can help others.

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Lyndsey's story

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After coming to terms with her mental illness, Lyndsey Fennelly has become a mental health advocate.

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Nina's story

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Nina Richtman wants others to know that her sons, who suffer from PTSD, are trying their best.

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Wes' story

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Getting help for his depression made Wes Mallgren feel like "that dark cloud vanished."

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Gina's story 

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It took Gina Skinner-Thebo two decades to find the right coping mechanisms for her depression.

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Mary Nelle's story

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Mary Nelle Trefz's support system helped her cope with postpartum depression.

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Franklin's story

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Franklin Johnson grew up in the 1960s, when mental illness went largely undiagnosed.

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Mary & Larry's story 

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Mary Neubauer and Larry Loss are advocates for mental health in honor of their son, Sergei.

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Anne's story

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Anne Harris Carter now speaks openly about her Bipolar Type II diagnosis.

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Ben's story

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Once Ben Rogers found the right medication for his depression, his whole life changed.

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Leah's story

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Leah Beman is the president for NAMI On Campus at Iowa State University.

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