Her friends may have been struggling with mental health problems, but Kelly Nadel, TeenScreen Program Associate, had no way of knowing. As a high school student in the 1990s, she remembers that mental health was never discussed — not at school, at home, nor with friends. Although mental health stigma remains an issue, there is a now greater awareness of the biological and neurological basis for many mental disorders. There is also a recognition of the prevalence of these disorders in adolescents, and the benefits of identifying and treating these problems early.
Still, stigma continues to play a role in inhibiting parents and teens from reaching out to providers, asking questions, and getting help that a teen may need.
“I was ready to help change that”, says Kelly. She joined TeenScreen in 2005, putting her interest in psychology and her desire to make a difference, to work.
Hear more about the journey that led Kelly to TeenScreen.