Eli's Story

ELI BROWN IS THE FOUNDER OF SHINE THE LIGHT ON. THIS IS HIS STORY. From the outside, my life looked perfect. I was in college, playing tennis in the NCAA, surrounded by friends, coaches, and peers. I’d checked all the right boxes and yet I was struggling with depression and anxiety. I knew something was wrong, but I stayed silent.   For years I...
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Shine A Light On Your Own Story – Twenty Twenty

2020 has been a year of shifting our focus away from ourselves, and onto the events that are changing our world as we know it. For many of us, it has become second nature to mentally prioritize other people’s struggles around the world, while tucking our own away. By tucking ourselves away like this, we may begin to feel disconnected from oursel...
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Ama-Vee's Story

I used to think depression was this thing for the sad and lonely. I used to think it was something people were just born with. I used to think it was something that came with automatic tears- happiness sold separately. I used to think I was too strong to be depressed. That it was something that had to be shown. Visible to believable.  Personally...
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Nina Kain's Story

Sometimes I bottle all my emotions up and they just get stuck inside and I’m only ever angry at myself.... but please don’t tell anyone. Everyone thinks I’m handling everything okay so I don’t want them to know.” I wrote this in an email to my friend at 10 years old. For as long as I can remember I had tried to be “perfect” incorrectly assuming ...
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