She's making a difference! Teen Mom OG star Amber Portwood has had enough when it comes to people stigmatizing people who struggle with mental health — herself included — and now she's using her platform to do something about it. She took to social media on Friday, Jan. 20 to reveal that her new project will help share stories about those who struggle with mental health issues in order to promote awareness.
"I'm excited to share a new venture with you all!! I will be starting a YouTube channel to help bring awareness about people and their amazing journeys through mental health struggles. Please send questions and inspirational stories I can share to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will share the YouTube channel right when it's set up!! Sending all my love," the 27-year-old wrote on Instagram.
Her news comes just two days after her TMOG co-star and good friend Catelynn Baltierra bravely revealed that she will be readmitting herself into a rehab program for the third time so that she can learn to better cope with her own mental health issues — and she defended herself against people who had the nerve to judge her for what she's going through.
"For all [you] haters — YOU DONT KNOW EVERYTHING IVE [sic] BEEN THROUGH! Quit acting like you know what I should be doing or shouldn't!! I'm NOT running away from my family! Those are the people I love the most!! You [people] are ignorant," the 25-year-old wrote on Twitter.
Cate and Amber are extremely close and they both can relate to each other's past because they share similar struggles. They are also very supportive of each other, and Catelynn publicly showed her support of Amber after Amber slammed MTV and her baby daddy Gary Shirley on Twitter for not being more sensitive about her struggle with suicidal thoughts that she experienced after her split from her ex-fiancé Matt Baier.
"Remember if your going through hell make sure you keep it all inside. And people should be able to say whatever they [want to say] about you. Especially your ex!" Amber wrote on Twitter at the time. "Make sure when [you're] suicidal that you always have your kid right next to you the whole time! It's very healthy for them!! Idiots."
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
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