Teen-founded organization seeks to aid teenagers with mental illness

For many people with mental illness, finding the support to get professional help can often be challenging. For teenagers, already going through rough emotional and unsure times, this can be especially difficult. One young woman has set out to be that needed support for thousands of kids who, for various reasons, do not yet have the support of their friends and family. Bree Carey is a survivor herself, of depression, panic attacks, and an addiction to self-harm. She started the group A Cutter’s Guardian Angel which, according to their mission statement, is “made to help teens and their families learn to deal with mental illness in positive and effective ways.” Carey emphasizes that ACGA is not meant to be therapy, but a listening ear until an individual is at a place where they can seek professional help. Currently, the group has 4,000 followers from all over the world. One of ACGA’s most popular Youtube videos can be seen below, as well as on the organization’s official Youtube channel.

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.