Mastermind - WE Well-being - Summer, 2019

“On that trip my perspective really changed, to focus on what I valued. And I knew that my well-being was one of those things.” Upon her return, Delicia opened up to her music teacher, Dr. Tony Leong. With his encouragement, she talked with her parents, school staff and her friends. While her family and friends were supportive, she never imagined that asking for help would be a new fight. After lengthy waitlists, Delicia would find herself meeting with under-resourced health care professionals who were often only looking for overt, even outdated notions of symptoms— low grades or poor social and communications skills. Since she displayed none of these things, Delicia’s concerns were usually dismissed. “In our system, you have to hit rock bottom

before receiving help, which I don’t agree with,” she says. “Why would you wait for it to get so bad?” Delicia persisted, bolstered by her experience as a young activist. “At WE, my voice has always been heard—as a young person, as a person of color, as a woman. I knew if I was worthy of being listened to here, then I was worthy of being listened to outside as well.” Delicia is nowon amore positive lifelong journey to recovery. She has a doctor whom she sees regularly and focuses more on maintaining her well-being. She is also a passionate advocate for mental health, penning articles about resilience for Teen Vogue and “I took my anger and turned it into passion,” she says. “I started to advocate for change.”

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