Chelsea Ricchio is the president of Active Minds at U of T, a student club which is a chapter of Active Minds, Inc., an international mental health advocacy, education, and awareness organization that targets university students. Chelsea and Active Minds work to educate students about mental illness in order to overcome the barriers of stigma and form a community amongst students who value mental health.
However, Chelsea has also struggled with her own share of mental health challenges, specifically social anxiety and depression. Chelsea explains her experiences with these issues in detail, including discussion of the role of bullying in producing these emotions and issues, as well as what good and bad days were like for her during these struggles. The “cycle of isolation” perpetuated by the bullying she experienced during her adolescence was a significant contributing factor to her mental health diagnoses.