Scholar Spotlight – Amy
From a very early age, Amy always wanted to be a professional dancer. Even though her instructors were harsh, she listened and took the insults to heart, like many other young dancers do. Unfortunately, this led to years worth of self harming behaviors and eventually suicidal ideation. She spent several years trying to find the answers to her deep depression and finally found the right diagnosis and treatment.
Though the road was long, it enabled her to fulfill her dream of becoming a professional dancer in her local dance company. Now she is looking toward the future once again and wants to use what she has learned to help others. Amy added a mental health component to a local program called “Take Back the Tutu” designed to help young dancers who are struggling with self-esteem issues in particular body dysmorphia. You can read about this wonderful program here https://spballet.org/outreach/take-back-the-tutu and here https://www.emilyprogram.com/blog/take-back-the-tutu. Amy is continuing to #LiveHerNextChapter by studying Psychology and Dance Therapy and plans to work with children and adolescents.
“After years of therapy, growth and self-reflection, I no longer look at my mental illness as something that hinders me. In fact, it is now my biggest motivation and inspiration in life. All of my accomplishments, specifically being welcomed into the JC Runyon Foundation Family, give me the confidence and motivation to not let my mental illnesses prohibit me from pursuing my career goals,” Amy T.
She is our inspiration as well! We are so excited to play a small part in Amy’s success story and can’t wait to see how she inspires others to
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Scholar Spotlight – Rian
Rian had visual hallucinations all his life. Starting at the age of 5, although they were very disturbing, he thought everyone saw them. He never told anyone because he didn’t know it was abnormal. That was until middle school, when his hallucinations began to manifest into debilitating experiences, leading to worrisome self-harming and suicidal behaviors. […]