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Take care of yourself: Mental health support resources

John Green’s latest book "Turtles All the Way Down" focuses on protagonist Aza Holmes. Aza struggles with OCD and anxiety, a significant character trait of hers which is woven throughout the novel. As someone who has been vocal about his real-life struggles with mental illness, John has a personal perspective on what it’s like to deal with anxiety and related issues: “I think some progress has been made in destigmatizing mental illness.... I'm not a psychologist, I'm definitely not an expert on this stuff but one of the problems with the stigmatization is that it compounds the isolation. And I really hope we can keep breaking that down because I remember how alone I felt in it in high school and it was a big part of what made it so difficult to bear.”

Telling one’s story as a means of expression and healing is deeply meaningful for us at Curran. Art as catharsis is the lifeblood of live theater, but there are times when you need more support. Please know you are not alone. If you or someone you know is in need of support, here is a list of both local and national resources.

OCD Bay Area Support Groups

UCSF OCD and Tics Clinic for Teens

The Anxiety Network

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Crisis Text Line

Fenway Health LGBT Listening Line

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Veterans Helpline

Post Partum International

Tessera Collective: For girls and women of color

Having a creative outlet can be a huge help when you’re managing mental illness. Here are a couple of places that can help.

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