Struggle Creates Strength started solely off of my internal drive to help people facing mental health struggles. I have personally struggled with mental health my entire life, so it is a subject that I hold close to my heart. By no means am I an expert on the topic of mental health, but through various personal encounters I have become a very knowledgeable mental health advocate.
I am someone who constantly has a smile engraved on my face, but for a long time it was not genuine. My smile was used to mask the emotional struggles and distress that I encountered on an every day basis.
Ultimately, I created Struggle Creates Strength to prove that EVERYONE HAS A STORY. No two stories are the same, but every story has the potential to help someone else.
It is my hope that Struggle Creates Strength will help spread awareness and end the stigma surrounding mental health.
- Lucas Cullen
Founder of Struggle Creates Strength
Struggle Creates Strength was created after personally experiencing and witnessing the lack of availability for immediate help within mental health facilities. I was always pushed in the direction of booking an appointment with a professional and was forced to wait weeks to seek the help that I urgently needed. The only 'immediate help' known to availability was the emergency room. But, speaking from experience, it did not present an environment of broad mental health awareness and positivity. In addition, the emergency room was and is a place to seek urgent emergency attention such as attempted suicide or self-harm wounds, but it is not necessarily a place to seek emotional support.
The Struggle Creates Strength Organization is eager to produce a space attending to those in emotional distress and in need of a safe and supportive place to take any mental health troubles. Sometimes all it takes is one face-to-face conversation to change a persons outlook on life. Unfortunately, aside from availability, affordability tends to be a constant struggle when seeking reputable professional help as well. The Struggle Creates Strength Organization wants to attend to the main raises of concern in order to ensure immediate help for everyone whom is struggling and I stand by that.
I want to provide a platform to not only give people an immediate help option, but to also present an environment striving on positivity and vulnerability. We need to break down the barrier surrounding mental health and end the stigma. A cloud of negativity seems to constantly linger over the term mental health, but ultimately mental health is simply our psychological well-being correlating to the ordinary demands of life. Our mental health/well-being is equivalent to or more important than our physical health, but undoubtedly we tend to forget this.
I am creating a change that the mental health society desperately needs. I am not a mental health professional, but my struggles have started a fire within to make sure others seek the help they need when they need it. The yearly suicide death rate is heart wrenching, but without a change in the system, there cannot be a change in the number of deaths. Join me today and help me help you!