South Florida Women’s Organization Helps Others Through Mental Health Awareness – NBC 6 South Florida

Francesca Reicherter has been through a lot.

“For me, it was overwhelming. I never thought I would get through this,” she said. “It’s better.”

Growing up, she feared she wasn’t good enough and started feeling anxious or having panic attacks when she was 12.

Reicherter is now an inspiration to people who have ever been through something so difficult they thought their only help was to end their lives.

She knows this pain very well.

Reicherter attempted suicide three times. She said the stress of school and growing up and losing loved ones led to it.

“I was struggling myself. I didn’t know who to talk to, where to go, what to do, so I started a blog,” she said. “Start the conversation, this was 12 years ago blogging wasn’t a thing.”

This blog later turned into his non-profit organization, Inspire my generation. It’s a platform where uncomfortable conversations become more comfortable.

She now helps people who feel what she felt years ago.

“If we don’t talk about it, nobody knows he’s not alone,” Reicherter said. “They don’t know it’s okay to ask for help. They don’t know where to go, what to do.

Locally, one of the places where you can get help is NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. They offer help to people going through difficult times and to their loved ones.

Melody Kaye is the Broward County program director and says they just want to get rid of the stigma.

“Don’t be afraid,” Kaye said. “Ask your children. Maybe you want to find a creative way to ask them, but engage in that conversation. Let the mental health conversation be a regular conversation.

Reicherter says part of his work helping others is also a way to reconnect with his childhood self.

“This 12-year-old girl inside me, who felt so desperately like I was falling apart, like there was no hope,” she said. “If I could just inspire a kid to know that, hey, I’m fine, and I’m going to be okay, and hopefully not to the point where they’re in a psychiatric ward, that’s what allows me to continue every day.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental health issue or crisis, help is available. Text or call 988 and you’ll be connected to resources to start your mental health journey.

If you or someone you know needs help, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255, or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “Home” to 741741, at any time.

Aubrey L. Morgan