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THEN: On the outside, everything looked fine. On the inside, it felt like I was dying.

After enduring a series of traumatic events as a child, I attempted to fill my emotional voids in a variety of unhealthy ways, including drugs and alcohol, binging and purging, cutting and other self-harming behaviors, ultimately leading to severe depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts as a teen and young adult.

Hiding behind academic achievements, I earned my Bachelors Degree in early childhood education and a Masters Degree in Montessori education before teaching Kindergarten for 12 years.

While working with 5- and 6-year-old children in the classroom on a daily basis, I found it easy to recognize the signs of a student in crisis, and then implement emotional supports to help him/her cope and overcome.

Each year however, I observed more and more students suffering from what appeared to be early signs of stress and trauma, negatively impacting the child’s social skills, emotional resilience and academic performance.

Beth Nowak

NOW: I’m a mental health activist delivering messages of hope and healing to those who are hurting.

Desperately searching for ways to help young children find purpose and passion to increase their self-esteem, I resigned from teaching in 2012 to create Giving Families and its Good Mail Challenges.

After presenting “Helping Our Littlest Helpers” at TEDx in 2014, I was invited to share my personal experiences with mental health and addiction -as well as the healing power I’ve experienced from helping others- with teens at a local high school.

Now I deliver messages of hope and healing to those who are hurting, no matter their age or stage in life. To learn more about the presentations and workshops I offer, click here.

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