We Are One: Stories of hope, power, connections Derry forum offers youth perspectives on mental health struggles

DERRY, N.H. — Jenny Chesney offered a definition of one of her favorite words — resilient.

And the young woman says that's how she feels today, after struggling with mental issues and overcoming many hardships through her own personal circumstances.

Chesney was one of a panel of five who shared their own stories, part of the first We Are One: Empowered Through Connections, United By Hope event, powered and led by young people as a way to discuss mental health, substance misuse and suicide awareness and prevention.

The event, held Tuesday night at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Derry, drew families, youth, and community partners together for one night of stories, hope and resources. Dr. Christopher Peterson, pediatrician and mental health advocate, served as the night's moderator.

For Chesney, it began when she was only 3 years old, experiencing bouts of instant, on and off energy and other symptoms that were ignored for a long time. Read More at our partner publications The Eagle Tribune and Manchester Ink Link