Have you ever had an idea you can’t stop thinking about? No matter how much you try to put it out of your mind, it keeps popping back up. Over and over again.

After recently opening up about my own mental health struggles, I have seen that idea turn into a “call” to help others who are fighting a mental battle of their own.

Part of the work I do at HopeWay is to bring attention to those struggles and the lifesaving mental health treatment the care team provides the client and their families.

When you see a person on their first day of treatment compared to their last day on campus, their transformation can be awe-inspiring, if not downright emotional.

It reminds me of Kintsugi. The Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold — built on the idea that in embracing flaws and imperfections, you can create an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art. Every break is unique and instead of repairing an item like new, the 400-year-old technique actually highlights the “scars” as a part of the design. Using this as a metaphor for healing ourselves teaches us an important lesson: Sometimes in the process of repairing things that have broken, we actually create something more unique, beautiful and resilient.

I am proud of the work we do at HopeWay. But I know I can do more. I want to do more. The hard part is finding out what that “more” looks like for me.

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