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 lovely mother. Say whats up, ‘Hello Everyone.'”
Smith’s chats are humorous, actual, and likewise uncooked and revealing.
“My household is at all times there to assist me. Nevertheless, there have been instances in my childhood the place there have been detrimental issues,” explains Smith.
Her platform, “Be daring, be lovely, be you,” is all about bringing psychological sickness consciousness to the forefront.
” I am actually enthusiastic about it. As a result of my mother truly struggles with despair. And it runs in my household, quite a lot of my household over in Suriname have despair as effectively. And it is one thing that I personally do with as effectively, in addition to nervousness. So I do know what it is wish to battle with this stuff,” explains Smith.
She’s sharing her story hoping it will save lives.
She’s teamed up with Nationwide Alliance on Psychological Sickness in Pasco County to encourage teenagers who is likely to be combating psychological well being to talk up.
“It actually saddens me that we reside in a society the place we won’t actually discuss brazenly about our psychological well being issues with out having despair and nervousness. So I need to do what I can to only convey training and consciousness,” she explains.
In the event you or somebody you understand wants psychological well being assist, you may attain out to NAMI Pasco by clicking here or name them at 727-992-9653.