About Samantha U’Ren, Author of Mental Health for the Digital Generation
Hello, my name is Samantha U’Ren and I am a 22-year-old college student who lives in Ottawa, Ontario. I enjoy going to the gym, thrift shopping, and trying to live as much of a “normal” life as possible. I am also pleased to announce that I am the new blogger for the Mental Health for the Digital Generation blog.
Being in college is challenging; I think everyone can agree to that. However, my journey through college is a little different because I am a recovering alcoholic who also suffers from major depression and generalized anxiety disorder.
"At Least You Found Out Early”
I hear this all the time. Many people come up to me in alcoholic recovery meetings and tell me how lucky I am to have started dealing with my problems at such a young age. “If only they figured everything out early,” they would say. And, honestly, I am very grateful for this.
However, as a young person in recovery, things can be complicated by social media and social pressures, which older generations haven’t had to experience. Having depression and anxiety alone can be very painful, let alone being complicated by substance abuse in a world where privacy is a thing of the past. We are just one share, retweet, post, or re-pin away from our personal life being forever on the Internet.
There is Hope for Mental Health in the Digital Generation
My goal is to show others that there is happiness in recovery, and that life is not over when you choose not to drink or do drugs. Your mental illness or addiction does not have to define who you are, and it does not have to control your life. I want to give hope to those who are afraid to reach out for help, and to help young addicts realize that life can be fun without alcohol or drugs. I am going to share my experience, strength, and hope with you guys and I am looking forward to reading your comments. Our generation is blessed to have access to so much information at our fingertips. We have the ability to help end the negative stigma that is associated with mental illness and addictions, and that is my purpose with this blog.
U'Ren, S. (2014, March 20). About Samantha U’Ren, Author of Mental Health for the Digital Generation, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, June 16 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/mentalhealthforthedigitalgeneration/2014/03/about-samantha-uren
Author: Samantha U'Ren
an incredibly great website.
So young and so inspired to be so inspiring to all your peers (Longtimers too!)
I wish you continued success in your efforts to reach out to your fellow sufferers.
Keep on bloggin'
Thank you for the kind words. I am trying to break down the negative barriers and make it more "acceptable" to talk about mental health and addiction issues. The younger generation are able to change how society views mental health and substance abuse, so that is what I am trying to do with this blog. Stay tuned this Thursday for my next post!
Your Poppi & I are so proud of you and so very overwellmed with your courage in accepting and sharing your experience with the secrecy of mental health awareness & addictions.If anyone can help break down that barrier,you can.Be proud of yourself Sam.
We read your message and wanted to let you know that we are so proud of you. You are so brave to speak out about mental health and addiction. Your message serves to give young people the hope and courage they need to reach out and get the help they need to overcome their mental health illness and/or addiction. The stigma that has always been associated with mental illness is being broken down everyday by individuals like yourself that are finding the strength and courage to speak out.
Thank you so much! My goal with this blog is to help teens and young adults recognize that they are not alone in recovery. I want to share my story, and hopefully inspire someone who is afraid to get help. Mental illness and addiction have a negative stigma and it is by raising awareness that the stigma can slowly diminish. Thank you for your comment, and stay tuned for future posts!