SHE MADE IT BLUE was created by Amy Schultz, of Cleveland, Ohio, after many years of family, friends, and co-workers misunderstanding her depression and anxiety. Amy believes this misunderstanding isn’t vicious or intentional but is a result of a lack of awareness and public education for mental illnesses. Tired of being asked “why” when she revealed her depression and anxiety, Amy decided to finally give the long-winded, educational, and personal response that question deserves. Stressing her depression and anxiety as chronic illnesses and not the result of personal weakness, Amy went public with her illnesses for the first time in May of 2016 (read the post here).
AFTER SHARING HER STORY, Amy received numerous messages of support from family and friends; most of whom she never knew suffered from the same invisible illnesses. The most rewarding part of sharing her story was a friend who told Amy she was finally going to face her fear and find a mental health professional after reading what Amy wrote.
Since then, She Made It Blue’s efforts have expanded to reach as many people as possible afraid to seek treatment for mental illness due to stigma.