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Self-Love: Selfish or Selfless?

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“The greatest love of all is easy to achieve

Learning to love yourself

It is the greatest love of all.”

Whitney Houston, The Greatest Love of All

A question that has been long debated is whether or not self-love is selfish. We live in a world that repeatedly tells us how loving ourselves is the definition of selfishness. In fact, did you know that when you look up synonyms for self-love, you will find the following words?

  • Egotism
  • Selfishness
  • Egocentricity
  • Narcissism

From a young age, we are often taught that loving ourselves is putting ourselves before others. And, putting ourselves before others is bad. If you put yourself before others, you are selfish. But what if the world is not that black and white?

Let us look at self-love from a different perspective. Right now, let us define self-love as simply accepting yourself and prioritizing your own happiness and well-being. This does not mean prioritizing yourself over others by refusing to help or support someone else, but simply, working hard to achieve inner peace and happiness.

If we learn how to accept ourselves for who we are, we are able to work on cultivating that inner peace and happiness that we deserve. Within that happiness, we no longer feel the desire to prove ourselves to others. This helps us to live more authentically. When we are our authentic selves, we are able to offer more to others. Through the love and understanding we found within us, we are able to extend that same love and understand to others, in the form of empathy and compassion.

So, what if self-love meant that we did not view ourselves as better than others, but simply as important as others? What if self-love meant the following?

  • We simply see ourselves for who we are and are proud of who we are, instead of telling ourselves all of the reasons we are not enough.
  • We acknowledge and validate our thoughts, feelings, experiences, and traumas, instead of invalidating important pieces of our lives.

I will leave you with this, what do we take away from others by also loving ourselves?

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What factors can contribute to mental health symptoms and conditions?

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What factors can contribute to mental health symptoms and / or conditions?

Mental Health Introduction

What is mental health? In my opinion, mental health is a scale that ranges from wellness to illness. Like physical health, mental health can change overtime. You may not always be experiencing symptoms, and conditions / symptoms may re-appear throughout your lifetime. Also, like physical health, certain mental health symptoms and conditions may be experienced worse than others.

Think of a common cold versus pneumonia. A common cold is still considered an illness. Although it is not as dangerous to your health as pneumonia, it is still treated to prevent the common cold from developing into a worse illness. Now, let us look at depression. When depressive symptoms first appear, one may feel extreme sadness for an extended period of time. One may even begin to feel hopeless in the early stages. However, imagine if depression is recognized and treated before the individual experiences thoughts of suicide.

Just because a mental health symptom or mental health condition does not appear to be “extremely severe” does not mean that the individual experiencing the symptom or condition does not deserve help, support, and/or treatment.

If we look at mental health in the same capacity as physical health, we will gain a new perspective that evolves into a world without the stigma. To better understand mental health, let us explore where symptoms and conditions can come from.

Biological Factors

Like certain physical illnesses, mental illness can also develop from biological factors. For example, there has been research that shows a genetic link between certain cancers and family history of the same cancer. There has also been research that shows a genetic link between Alzheimer’s and a family history of Alzheimer’s. Similarly, there have been studies done that show a link between genetic and certain mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (evidence is not conclusive).

As we all know, every human being is biologically different, even though we share many common physical features. A person’s biological makeup may determine how one behaves and interacts within their environment. Therefore, biological factors can contribute to mental health conditions.

It is important to remember that genetics is not the only biological factor. Brain chemistry, gender, hormone levels, and nutrition also influence one’s biological makeup. Furthermore, the interaction between the various biological factors and other factors (environmental, psychological, and social) can play an important role.

Brain chemistry can be affected by factors, such as brain damage and drug and alcohol usage / abuse. Brain damage may result from physical health conditions, such as seizures. Why is brain chemistry important? Your brain releases several chemicals that impact one’s mood (serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine are a few examples).  

Biological gender can also impact one’s mental health, through gender-linked stress, trauma and / or reproductive cycle stages. Research shows that women are perceived to be more susceptible to mental health conditions due to how these factors affect their mood.

Hormone levels also play a role in one’s mental health. Deficiencies in hormones like progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone can influence one’s mood, energy levels, reproductive cycle symptoms, and more.

Lastly, nutrition is a key part of mental health. What we put inside of our bodies has a direct effect on our internal system. Poor nutrition can lead to vitamin deficiencies that not only affect our mood, but also energy levels.

Environmental Factors

There are some factors we have very little control over, such as genetics. However, one factor we have a lot of control over is our environment. Yet, our environment tends to be one of the biggest causes of mental health symptoms and conditions.

Our environment is made up of two key components, physical environment, and social environment. Both aspects of our environment are equally important in maintaining our mental health.

What encompasses our physical environment? Air pollution, work conditions that cause significant stress to the mind / body, weather, smoking (second-hand smoke included), loud noises, exposure to toxic chemicals (ex. household cleaning supplies), physical hazards (ex. dangerous workplace situations), household environment (ex. cleanliness, safety, chemicals, lighting, outdoor space, physical barriers), natural environment (ex. weather, plants / trees), physical barriers (especially for individuals living with a disability), school setting (ex. location, structure, stressors, hazards), workplace (ex. location, structure, stressors, hazards), and recreational facilities (ex. access, structure, location, hazards).

What encompasses our social environment? Stigma on mental health and treatment options (ex. therapy, medication), prejudice / discrimination (ex. racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism), violence (within household or local community), abuse (physical, sexual, emotional), poverty, lack of necessities (food, shelter, water), media (ex. social media, news, television shows), technology (ex. cell phones, computers), relationships / lack of social support (ex. family, friends, self), self-esteem, and lack of physical safety.

All of these factors (and more) can influence one’s overall mental health. Think anxiety, depression, PTSD. It is also important to remember that the interaction between one’s social and physical environment can affect mental health.

Psychological Factors

Lastly, psychological factors are a key part in our mental health development. Psychological factors include our feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and attitude. Psychological factors are something we have a lot of control over, if we educate ourselves and our youth on warning signs and how to cope. Unfortunately, in today’s world, we tend to not discuss how psychological factors can play a key role in our mental health nor do we tend to provide the tools and resources needed to cultivate our mental health in regard to these factors.

Psychological factors include how we cope with life’s stressors (ex. suppressing our emotions, avoidance, healthy vs unhealthy coping mechanisms, defense mechanisms), social support (ex. invalidation, gaslighting), acceptance (from loved ones, especially parents), intrusive / negative thoughts, and personality (ex. use of humor, perfectionist).

Final Thoughts

When we discuss mental health symptoms and conditions, it is extremely important we look at the full picture. Often times, we provide ourselves with a very limited understanding of what can be the root cause of our symptoms and/or conditions. By looking at the full picture and how the various factors interact with each other, we are able to better understand where our symptoms / conditions stem from and how we can make changes to better cultivate our mental health.

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What age is appropriate to begin the conversation on mental health?  

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What age is appropriate to begin the conversation on mental health?  

My answer: it is never too early to start the conversation.

One of the biggest misconceptions surrounding wellness conversations are that you only need to have the conversation once. Like various other wellness and safety conversations, mental health conversations are not a one-time sit-down dialogue when your child reaches a certain age. These conversations should begin at birth.

What do you mean conversations should begin at birth?

Communication can occur in different ways. For example, when a baby is crying, providing support by holding the baby close to your heart, softly singing, or gently rocking them can be not only soothing but also let the baby know they are not alone. Another example would be allowing the baby to scream and cry (as recommended by doctors for the baby’s age) can also teach the baby that it is okay to express their emotions. Then, as your child continues to grow up, providing safe space to express their emotions without judgement is extremely important.

When a child is in grades K-2, these are core years in emotional health. This is when we often begin invalidating and gaslighting them. Although the problems and stressors children face may seem “small” or “insignificant” to us as adults, they are still very real and very difficult for children. By shutting down children when they begin to cry or get upset with phrases like:

  • People are dying.
  • Big girls do not cry.
  • Stop acting like a girl.
  • You are acting like a baby.
  • You are being dramatic.
  • Stop crying.

We are communicating that their feelings are not important, and thus, they should suppress them. Then, as they get older, we often build upon that same destructive message.

In grade school (3-5), we often use phrases like “You are not 5 anymore, grow up” when children express themselves. Often times, we do not pay attention to the drama or problems they are facing, because elementary school bullying builds character and thicker skin. Essentially, we teach them that it is okay for people to be mean to them and it is wrong for them to speak up for themselves.

By middle schools, when gossip and bullying are at an all time high, when children are beginning to explore or understand their sexuality, when their bodies are changing, they are extremely impressionable. This is a key age for self-esteem. However, we often invalidate their problems by saying, “Do not let it bother you. This won’t matter in 5 years.” Essentially, we are teaching them that their feelings do not matter.

Then, we get to high school, where life becomes complicated. Many kids are experiencing or have experienced first love and first heartbreak, grief and trauma of losing loved ones, extreme pressure on grades and SAT scores, stress to decide the trajectory of their life by choosing a college and a major, puberty, bullying, and the list goes on. Instead of having healthy wellness check-ins, we are piling more and more on to their plates with impossibly high expectations.

Then, we see suicide is the second leading cause of death from ages 10-35 in the United States, and we ask ourselves why.

Why is the suicide rate so high among our youth?

Here’s why: we are invalidating them, subconsciously teaching them to suppress their emotions, meanwhile refusing to engage in important conversations.

Imagine if in K-2, we taught kids that it is normal to have feelings AND that all feelings are valid. Imagine if we taught them there are different ways to express their emotions, such as through speaking, drawing, writing, or music.

Imagine if in 3-5, we taught kids what mental health is on a scale from wellness to illness. Imagine if we explained that sometimes, we may move along the scale as the day goes on, and that is normal to not always be happy.

Imagine if in 6-8, we taught kids about early symptom detection. Imagine if we gave them the tools and resources needed to explore their symptoms and emotions, while developing tools to cope with them. Imagine if by the time kids were 13 years old, they understood how to advocate for themselves and their mental health. Imagine if they knew the right questions to ask themselves and their doctors.

Imagine if in 9-12, we taught kids about suicide prevention. Imagine if we taught kids how to have supportive and validating conversations with their peers, as well as warning signs to look out for with themselves and with each other. Imagine if we educated them on various mental illnesses and resources available to them.

Imagine if by the time one graduates from high school, they have all of the tools and resources needed to maintain emotional wellness and cope with life’s stressors and traumas. Imagine if we set the next generation up for success in life, rather than throwing them into the world with no real understanding of mental health or how to maintain it.

So, when should we have the conversation? Every. Single. Day.

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What do we do when someone feels hopeless?

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I do not want to be here anymore.

That heartbreaking phrase is something no one wants to hear. Even more so, that is a feeling no one desires to experience. So, what do we do when someone feels hopeless? Do we engage in a conversation and provide support, or do we ignore it to protect ourselves? The answer to this simple question is a key component to suicide prevention.

Let us explore 4 scenarios.

Fran feels hopeless. Fran grew up in a world where everyone told her to “grow up”, “suck it up”, “build a bridge and get over it”, “stop being a baby”, etc. thus, Fran suppresses all of her feelings. Anytime she has reached out for support in the past, Fran felt like she was gaslighted and invalidated. As a result, Fran is afraid to feel, and even more terrified to speak up about it. Fran’s mind is now in control of her every thought. She thinks about dying all of the time, when she is walking, when she is eating, when she is driving, and when she is sleeping. Fran wants to give in to her hopeless thoughts, but she chooses to reach out for support one last time, in hopes that someone extends a hand back to her. Fran decides to open up about her hopeless thoughts. She shares with a confidant that she is profoundly struggling and having thoughts of suicide.

In scenario 1, when Fran opens up, desperately hoping for empathy and support, Fran’s loved one reacts out of fear. Instead of listening and holding a safe space, the loved one immediately says, “Do not say that! Do you know what that would do to me?” Fran immediately shuts down and feels like no one understands her. Fran interprets the response as the loved one does not care about Fran but only about themselves. As a result, Fran decides suicide is the only answer, because no one truly cares about her to provide the support she was begging for.

In scenario 2, when Fran opens up, desperately hoping for empathy and support, Fran’s loved one reacts by blowing her off. Instead of listening and holding a safe space, the loved one immediately says, “You are being dramatic, stop trying to get attention.” Fran interprets the gaslighting as confirmation that suicide is the only answer because in the moment she needed it most, no one cared to truly listen and understand, instead they chose to belittle her feelings.

In scenario 3, when Fran opens up, desperately hoping for empathy and support, Fran’s loved one reacts by listening and providing a shoulder to cry on. For the first time, Fran feels like maybe her life is worth living, maybe she is loved and needed more than she realized, maybe she is not the burden she felt like she was. Fran appreciates the support and views it as a sign to keep going. However, when the loved one does not follow up again, Fran starts to question if she has a support system, and the thoughts begin to worsen.

In scenario 4, when Fran opens up, desperately hoping for empathy and support, Fran’s loved one reacts by actively listening, repeating validating statements, asking non-judgmental open-ended questions when appropriate, and providing support. The loved one even offers to help Fran find resources that are available, if Fran is comfortable with the hands-on support. A few days after the conversation, Fran’s loved one follows up by checking in and reassuring Fran that they are there if and when she needs support, someone to talk to, or help in finding resources. Fran feels loved, safe, and not alone for the first time in a long time.

Let’s Review.

I understand it can be extremely difficult to engage in conversations about suicidal ideation (suicidal thoughts); however, as these 4 scenarios show, our reaction when someone reaches out is an essential part of prevention. I understand that in the moment, it can be hard to know the proper way to react and respond. I understand that no one may have educated you on mental health conditions, depression, or suicidal ideation so you are uncomfortable around the topic. I understand that it can be terrifying to hear a loved one feels hopeless, and you did not know. I understand that there is a stigma on all thing’s mental health, and you were never provided the tools and resources you needed to learn the right way to approach the conversation. However, we have to start doing better.

That heartbreaking phrase that no one wants to hear is something many people around you are thinking and feeling daily. In fact, there are people who are so close to the edge that they can only think about how much they do not want to be here. If they reach out, if they find the strength and courage within themselves to speak up, I ask of you, please do not gaslight them and please do not invalidate them. Take them seriously at their word, actively listen to them, show them you care, and support them in a way that makes you both feel comfortable and safe. You do not have to act as their therapist, but you can connect them to a Crisis Hotline or to a therapist. You do not have to sit with them all day everyday to “watch” them, but you can sit with them now and follow up. You do not have to “save” them, but you can assure them that they are not alone in this.

You cannot save someone, they can only save themselves, BUT you can let them know that they ae not in this alone. You can be a source of love and comfort. You can be a reminder that everything eventually will be okay. Even in scenario 4, you cannot save Fran, but because you offered the support she needed, you made her feel like there was a reason to keep going. The thoughts did not suddenly disappear, and Fran was not healed immediately, which is why scenario 3 did not work. Following up is a key part of prevention and support.

So, what do we do when someone feels hopeless? We listen. We validate. We support. We show empathy. We follow up. We provide a safe space. We let them know that although they have every single right to feel what they are feeling, they are seen, they are heard, they are loved, they are worthy of this life, and they are more than enough. Even more than that, we make sure they know that they are not alone. When someone’s life is hanging on by a thread, our response can save their life or push them over the edge.

And remember, not everyone will feel comfortable opening up and reaching out for support, especially if they were gaslighted and invalidated in the past. Do not be scared to reach out and check in with your loved ones frequently. Be a consistent reminder in their life that they are not alone, and that you are there for them.

I will leave you with this, when someone is drowning and they reach their hand out for support, are you going to push them down, ignore them as they drown, throw a life raft and walk away, or reach out your hand and pull them back into safety?

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Inspiring My Generation Launches Clothing Line “Therapy for All” to Promote Mental Health

The Chicago Journal

by Christian Strauss

Despite having persisted for decades, mental health continues to lack attention in numerous institutes worldwide. However, several endeavors have been launched to remedy this and raise the conversation on mental health – among those being Inspiring My Generation’s newest venture “Therapy for All.”

As a nonprofit organization established by Francesca Reicherter, Inspiring My Generation operates on the mission to bring warmth to people dealing with mental illnesses. “I wanted to build a brand centered around giving back and encouraging activism,” the inspirational founder shares.

“I wanted to build a brand that served as a source of hope and encouragement for individuals living with mental illness to know they are not alone and there are people out there willing to lend a helping hand.”

Francesca has also designed “Inspiring My Generation” as a voice for those who lost loved ones to suicide in honor of the lives that they were not able to live.

Furthering this mission, Inspiring My Generation has been instrumental in the fight against the stigma surrounding mental health. By becoming an indispensable voice of faith and strength and normalizing the conversation on mental illnesses, the influential nonprofit organization has helped countless individuals worldwide survive and thrive.

On January 17, 2021, Francesca Reicherter’s successful venture launched its first clothing collection called “Therapy for All.” The collection’s proceeds are donated to the T3 Mental Health Grant that provides financial assistance to people living with mental illness who cannot afford the treatment they need.

To appeal to its international audience, “Therapy for All” carries merchandise with uplifting messages centered on promoting mental health. Through T-shirts, notebooks, and hoodies, the collection echoes the advocacy that inspired its launch. 

“We also have limited edition items coming out at the end of every quarter, giveaways at the start of every month on our Instagram, and a second collection launching in July 2021,” Francesca reveals.

While her dedicated team gets busy with their upcoming projects, Inspiring My Generation grows its impact in the community. Continuing to develop its legacy, the nonprofit organization provides support and encouragement to those hospitalized with suicidal ideation. Inspiring My Generation also educates its reach on mental health, illness, and wellness. It also writes imperative letters to state government leaders to increase the support and call for funding for its cause – communicating the need for supportive treatment laws for individuals dealing with mental illness. Slowly changing the world with every letter, and now, with every item sold, Francesca plans to grow Inspiring My Generation’s clothing collections.

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Inspiring My Generation Raises Awareness About Mental Health Through Its “Therapy For All” Collection

The American Reporter

by Kyle Matthews

Inspiring My Generation Raises Awareness About Mental Health Through Its “Therapy For All” Collection

To this day, the social stigma associated with mental health issues remains a prevalent and daunting challenge, one that influences people’s decision to seek professional help. While significant strides have been made to normalize the conversation surrounding mental health and mental illness, more needs to be done to help the countless individuals who are affected, and emphasis should also be given to building a supportive community. Highly aware of the disparity in the level of mental health awareness, support, and treatment accessibility among millions of affected people, Inspiring My Generation has emerged as a leading non-profit organization whose purpose-driven initiatives are currently making a difference. 

This passion-fueled entity was established by Francesa Reicherter to serve as a voice for those who lost theirs to suicide. It hopes to bring change and inspire action by normalizing the conversation around mental health and mental illness and providing support and encouragement to individuals hospitalized because of suicidal ideations. Inspiring My Generation underscores, as well, the importance of giving financial assistance to those living with mental illness who cannot afford essential treatment, educating the general population on mental health, mental illness, and mental wellness, and writing letters to state government leaders. 

As a believer in collective action, Inspiring My Generation considers reaching out to established authorities and state government leaders among its priorities. The letters that it sends out highlight the lack of support and need for immediate action when it comes to funding, as well as crafting and enacting supportive treatment laws for individuals living with mental illness. 

At the core of this humanitarian organization is the intention to serve as a source of hope and encouragement for those who may feel unheard, unloved, and alone in their mental health struggles. More than anything else, on top of honoring the innumerable number of lives lost, Inspiring My Generation wants to send across a message of solidarity to people embroiled in psychological battles. 

Since its establishment, Inspiring My Generation has introduced numerous initiatives for the welfare of its target beneficiaries. On January 17, 2021, it launched its first clothing collection called “Therapy For All,” and the proceeds from the venture will be donated to the T3 Mental Health Grant, which provides financial assistance to people dealing with mental illnesses who cannot afford essential treatment. Additionally, this brainchild of Francesca Reicherter also has a line of limited edition items coming out at the end of every quarter, as well as giveaways hosted at the start of every month on its Instagram page. 

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Inspiring My Generation Corporation Breaks the Stigma and Promotes Mental Wellness

Those people who live with a mental illness have reached a point in their lives where they have been blamed for their condition. They have been discriminated against and gone through a time when people have pointed their fingers at them. This is the unrelenting power that the stigma holds. Time and again, these individuals have experienced several unfortunate events due to the stigma that they often hold themselves back from seeking the help that they need. As a result, they carry not only the burden of their circumstances but also the pains of negative public perception.

Although the mental health stigma has continued to diminish over the years, this unfortunate circumstance remains to exist. As someone who is exceptionally passionate about mental health, Francesca Reicherter, the esteemed founder of Inspiring My Generation Corporation, seeks to break the stigma by becoming a vessel of transformation and a voice of the unheard.

Widely acknowledged for her revolutionary pursuits, Francesca Reicherter meticulously amplifies her advocacy by creating avenues that seek to normalize conversations about mental health and illnesses. According to her, if only people spread awareness about the significance of mental health, those who suffer from mental illnesses would find the courage to speak up and seek the help that they need. Thus, Inspiring My Generation Corporation came into existence.

Inspiring My Generation Corporation is a nonprofit organization that transcends the limits of mental health and bridges the gap between its awareness, support, and accessibility to treatments. It serves as a platform of encouragement for those individuals suffering from mental illnesses and a support system for those families who have lost their loved ones to the debilitating effects of such diseases. It is also an avenue that provides financial assistance for those who cannot afford to seek treatment.

Besides its reactive efforts, Inspiring My Generation Corporation also moves forward with its advocacy proactively. In other words, not only does this trailblazing company focus on providing help and support to those in need but also breaks the stigma by promoting awareness through education. The company also lobbies its advocacy on a much larger scale by collaborating with other influential organizations.

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Inspiring My Generation Launches Its First Clothing Line “Therapy for All” to Promote Mental Health

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by Johnny Bigg

Non-profit organization Inspiring My Generation Corporation is welcoming the new year as the 17th of January 2021 marked  the launch of its new enterprise, the Therapy for All clothing line. All proceeds from this project go straight to the T3 Mental Health Grant, a grant providing much-needed financial assistance that enables individuals living with mental illnesses to receive the treatment they need.

It is no secret that mental health and wellness suffered amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with 40.9% of the adult American population reporting increased incidences of adverse mental health symptoms, suicidal ideation, or substance abuse. Even before this global health crisis, there had been a massive disparity in mental health awareness, support, and treatment accessibility. Unfortunately, the emergence of the pandemic subsequently widened the gap between the need for mental health services and the accessibility of treatment.

Francesca Reicherter witnessed this gap and the plight of the people needing assistance, resulting in the foundation of the Inspiring My Generation Corporation. With zero profit for anyone working with it, the organization operates with the mission of serving as a voice for the victims of suicide, whose deaths are still considered taboo for some even in this supposedly progressive time.

Mental health disorders are not pretty, and it’s not supposed to be, but it’s something that must be discussed in order to better the lives of people and minimize the risk of losing more to this pervasive, invisible disease. The organization normalizes the conversation around mental health and mental illness, which is the essential first step to broadening the public’s perception of a matter that affects nearly half of the population. It also provides education on mental health, mental illness, and maintaining mental wellness.

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Inspiring My Generation on Saving Lives and Promoting Mental Health Awareness

by Ryan Pierre

Every now and then, high-performing businesses would make headlines for conquering financial feats and achieving monetary goals. However, nothing takes center stage the way that philanthropic ventures and charitable institutions do. As the esteemed founder of Inspiring My Generation Corporation, Francesca Reicherter is committed to prioritizing people over profit. Through her brainchild, she breathes life into her advocacy of helping others and bringing struggling individuals out of the darkness.

Individuals and organizations that are driven by the desire to impact lives and change the world almost always stand. Among those who have established a reputable standing for themselves is Francesca Reicherter. As a model of integrity, this visionary leader serves as a notable figure for giving strength and empowering people from all walks of life. Standing at the helm of Inspiring My Generation Corporation, she strives to shed light on the importance of mental health.

As one of the foremost advocates of mental health, Francesca Reicherter created Inspiring My Generation Corporation as a beacon of hope and source of resilience. On a mission to cater to those suffering from mental illnesses, she goes the extra mile to make sure that no one gets left behind.

In an interview, Francesca shared that she lost her uncle to suicide in 2019. “I had attempted suicide and my uncle was the one who got me through it,” she said. The tragedy took a toll on her mental health because she could not believe that the person who gave her strength was now gone. A few months after, she was hospitalized for multiple suicide attempts. However, she soon realized that she could not let her life go to waste.

Determined to pull herself back together, Francesca created a non-profit organization that would serve as the much-needed voice for those who are feeling lost. She believes that Inspiring My Generation Corporation will let people know that they are not alone and that they have a compassionate community supporting them.

With everything that she believes in and the causes that she fights for, Francesca Reicherter has allowed Inspiring My Generation Corporation to touch souls and transform lives in the most remarkable way possible. Despite her already numerous initiatives, this laudable figure has no plans of slowing down. In the coming years, she wants to host a talk show where viewers and members are given free therapy subscriptions focusing on mental health and wellness.

According to Francesca Reicherter, she would like to see Inspiring My Generation Corporation leading the fight against inequality and disparity in the accessibility of treatment. She hopes to achieve this goal by donating thousands of dollars in her company’s T3 Mental Health Grant to assist people who are suffering from mental illness but cannot afford essential treatment.

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Francesca Reicherter: The Woman at the Forefront of the Mental Health Movement

by Michael Scott

For the past few decades, the issue of declining mental health has continued to grow in prominence worldwide. Affecting everyone from all ages and backgrounds has become a pressing concern for governments, workplaces, schools, and numerous other institutions. Seeing the downward slope in wellness statistics, Francesca Reicherter knew she had to help.

Francesca Reicherter is a celebrated creative entrepreneur, author, innovator, and staunch advocate of mental health. Her first endeavor in support of the cause is the non-profit organization “Inspiring My Generation Corporation.”

“When I was 12 years old, I started a blog titled “Inspiring My Generation” as a way to inspire my peers to live their life to the fullest in happiness and kindness toward themselves and others,” she shares.

The blog attracted numerous readers, and Francesca, although struggling with personal issues, found happiness in her impact. However, life would soon lead her to a breaking point. In 2019, Francesca Reicherter lost her godfather to suicide. The news crushed her and reminded her that 27 days before the incident when she attempted, he was there to support her and open a conversation on mental health.

Following his death, Francesca, having trouble dealing with her godfather’s passing, was admitted to a psych ward for a week.

“It was then that I realized how many people were struggling and how our mental health system did not provide enough support – education support, emotional support, or financial support – and I knew it was my calling to be a voice for those who lost theirs to suicide and those struggling who cannot speak up for themselves.”

In March 2020, on her godfather’s birthday, she launched Inspiring My Generation. The foundation was established to fight the disparity in mental health awareness, support, and treatment accessibility. Through Inspiring My Generation, Francesca wanted to build a community of like-minded, equally driven individuals eager to boost their peers and encourage their reach to join the movement.

As her dream began to snowball and operations broadened the organization’s impact, Francesca Reicherter branched her services. She launched several ventures: a podcast entitled “Normalize the Conversation” on IGTV and YouTube, an encouragement card program where over a thousand handmade cards are sent to uplift patients in psych wards, a clothing line that promotes empowerment, and the “You Are Not Alone: The Workbook.”

The interactive workbook is the latest of Francesca’s initiatives and is designed to help kids build a “coping toolbox” and develop emotional wellness. With fun coloring pages and intellectually stimulating exercises, You Are Not Alone: The Workbook effectively carries its creator’s sentiments of decreasing loneliness and advancing the conversation on mental health.