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Creating Safe Spaces: My Journey From Trauma & An Eating Disorder To Love


For Carly, her eating disorder became an escape from a disrupted childhood and the anxiety and depression that she faced. Determined to not let her mental health challenges define her, Carly has forged a life for herself with her wife focused on helping children and young adults find safe places to heal and thrive. Her inspiring story reveals the importance of family, community and early mental health awareness and support for children and young adults through programs like NAMI Ending the Silence. To learn more about NAMI Ending the Silence visit:

Remember, NAMI resources are available: Call our HelpLine at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) – open Mon-Fri from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.ET. Text “NAMI” to 741-741 – Available 24/7. Visit us online at Find your local NAMI at

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.