We interviewed current BYU students (and one professor) about their experiences with mental illnesses in themselves or their loved ones. Each one is a unique and personal story. Hover over their photo to see a summary of their interview and click to watch their video. We hope that their stories will be of help to any and all who listen to their interviews.  

These videos may contain triggers for those who have experienced anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and/or other mood disorders. 

Alex Kearl opens up about her experiences dealing with the suicide of a family member.

Alex Kearl opens up about her experiences dealing with the suicide of a family member.

Ashley Brighton shares her experiences with anxiety and depression and what has helped her.

Ashley Brighton shares her experiences with anxiety and depression and what has helped her.

Austin Hartley shares how he has helped others through their journeys to mental health - specifically his wife who deals with bipolarity.

Austin Hartley shares how he has helped others through their journeys to mental health - specifically his wife who deals with bipolarity.

Cassandre Avomo opens up about her recent journey with discovery her anxiety and depression at BYU and what resources helped her.

Cassandre Avomo opens up about her recent journey with discovery her anxiety and depression at BYU and what resources helped her.

David Sageae shares his perspective as a Resident Assistant about mental health at BYU and how we can help.

David Sageae shares his perspective as a Resident Assistant about mental health at BYU and how we can help.

Jaxin Annett tells about her anxiety and depression relating to family struggles.

Jaxin Annett tells about her anxiety and depression relating to family struggles.

Jesse Griffin shares her story about coping with her struggles with anxiety.

Jesse Griffin shares her story about coping with her struggles with anxiety.

Matthew Shafer shares how he has helped others through their journeys to mental health - specifically his wife who deals with bipolarity.

Matthew Shafer shares how he has helped others through their journeys to mental health - specifically his wife who deals with bipolarity.

Tanner Mangum shares his journey to recognizing mental illnesses in his life and how he has helped others.

Tanner Mangum shares his journey to recognizing mental illnesses in his life and how he has helped others.

Joel Jones shares his experience with recognizing and getting help with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Joel Jones shares his experience with recognizing and getting help with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Nick Jones opens up about depression, anxiety and addiction and his recovering process.

Nick Jones opens up about depression, anxiety and addiction and his recovering process.

Hank Smith (Professor of Religion) shares his thoughts about the stigmas of mental health on campus and what we can do to change it. 

Hank Smith (Professor of Religion) shares his thoughts about the stigmas of mental health on campus and what we can do to change it. 

Kimberly Gonzalez gives us a look at how she has understood and dealt with feelings of depression.

Kimberly Gonzalez gives us a look at how she has understood and dealt with feelings of depression.

Savannah Frisch tells her story of dealing with depression and anxiety during and after her mission.

Savannah Frisch tells her story of dealing with depression and anxiety during and after her mission.