You Are Collective started as a way to create change and make a difference.We (Michael and Rebecca) had been living through our own separate mental health journey's and noticed animmense lack of support and understanding.
The stories of people waiting months for care sounded unimaginable until we waited more than a month and a half to receive our first covered counseling appointment. The news thatpeople, friends, and family are dying by suicidebecause they can't get the help they need or don't know where to go for support sounded unimaginable. Until we ended up in the hospital not caring if there would be a next day.
So we thought about it. And talked about it. And shared it with some people. And got excited about making an impact and sharing our stories.
This passion project quickly demanded our full-time attention and we started brainstorming ways we could work or donate or support people to get the help they needed. To not feel hidden behind a stigma. To talk about their mental health freely no matter the state.