Wednesday: Mental health speaker Emily Torchiana returns to Darien Library

Torchiana

Torchiana

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The Darien Library is offering a presentation on mental health for teens and parents with mental health TEDx speaker Emily Torchiana on Wednesday, March 10, from 7 to 8 p.m. The event will be held via Zoom.

This event is cosponsored by Geri and Rocky Genovese, Julie and David Genovese, and The Depot Youth Center.

Torchiana, a suicide attempt survivor, speaks at high schools, colleges, and conferences across the country about her mental illness journey.

Rather than suffer silently as many do, Torchiana seeks to help others who also struggle with mental illnesses, by sharing her personal experience of suffering with post traumatic stress disorder, depression, and social anxiety, as well as overcoming a suicide attempt. She encourages others to open up. She began speaking locally, while she was attending college in Charleston, South Carolina. From there, her personal story, which emphasizes the benefits of openly discussing mental illness and suicide, spread across the country. Her speeches bring to light the silent stigma of mental health. She combines this education with a call to action for the prevention of suicide nationwide.

Torchiana founded Lost Got Found , a non-profit organization. The organization shares stories of those affected by mental illness and assists them in taking the first step toward gaining support, letting others know about the silent struggles they face. The organization also has a mental health curriculum for high school students, which Torchiana created with the contributions from expert psychologists.

To register, visit darienlibrary.org. Those who need help registering can email Mia Orobona at morobona@darienlibrary.org.