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 OUR  STORIES 

Elis for Rachael is compiling short videos and written testimonials about mental health and illness at Yale. If you are having a rough time, this is for you. We hope that among our experiences you will find something that you relate to, maybe even a source of hope. Some of us are a long way out from Yale, and some of us aren't. All of us have struggled, and all of us are behind you. 

 

If you are an alum interested in submitting a testimonial, please contact Alicia Floyd.

 

If you are a current student who would like to connect with us to discuss your experiences and/or benefit from our informal network, please contact Rishi Mirchandani.

Videos can also be viewed on our YouTube channel.

Alicia Floyd
 JONATHAN EDWARDS '05 

"You are not alone."

*CW: Suicidality

Zachary Black
 SILLIMAN '23 

"I realized I don't have to be successful to be happy, I can just be happy."

Seo-Young Chu 
 JONATHAN EDWARDS '99 

“I used to think, if I’m healthy maybe I’m not working hard enough…  And if other people can tell that I’m struggling to balance everything, then maybe I don’t deserve to be here.” 

*CW: Suicidality

Nicolette Mantica
 NORTHWESTERN 2020 
 (Originally Silliman 2019) 
"In transferring to Northwestern I found a university that would support me as student. They had a great disability office that was especially encouraged for students to use who had mental health issues."
Jack Ross
 YALE COLLEGE '79 
"In the end I don’t think Hale was able to perceive the vast worth of his life that far transcended Yale. I urge you to maintain a healthy perspective on who you are as a person, your intrinsic worth, apart from the accomplishments and the goals that consume you."