David Romano, diagnosed with depression as a child, has advice for kids and teens who may be facing some of the same challenges.

David comes from a small town in northern Minnesota, where he grew up as the youngest of five children. At the age of eight David began to lose himself, as he began to have feelings of self-consciousness and anxiety. As he got older David began to put incredible pressure on himself to please the expectations he put on himself. In high school, he was diagnosed with depression where he began his journey to find himself, his place with his family, and his embrace of his mental health disorder. Through his recovery David has been active in promoting positive mental health and eliminating the stigma surrounding mental health as a speaker and advocate for the Active Minds Speakers Bureau.

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