Mental health advocates say talking is the first step to recovery | Overview of Alaska


Understanding and discussing the complexities of mental health and well-being is not easy. Finding ways to open up about who we are and what we struggle with is key to getting help.

Lori Townsend discusses mental wellness with Miss Alaska Outstanding Teen Sycely Wheeles and Parinita Shetty, a School Mental Health Clinician for VOA Alaska.

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Originally from the Central Coast of California, Valerie joined Alaska Public Media in July 2017. Prior to moving to Alaska, Valerie worked as an ENG writer at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also served in the US Air Force as a television/radio journalist where she had the opportunity to travel across Europe, Africa, the Baltics and Australia to report on events. , exercises and military missions. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, skiing, backpacking, learning piano, yoga, and trying new foods.

Lori Townsend is News Director and Senior Host for Alaska Public Media. You can send him program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at [email protected] or call 907-350-2058.


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