Reflecting on her own journey, Serenity says, “I’ve learned ways to cope, though. With help from my family, community, and my therapist I’ve learned how to talk about my issues.” She goes on to say, “When you get into a funk it can sometimes take days or weeks or months to get out of it. But there are things that really help as I go through it. Taking time for myself, spending time outside with my family, doing traditional things. They all help with my anxiety and depression.” She muses that if more kids from her community knew how to deal with their feelings in a healthy way, then perhaps her people would be in a better place. “Self care is so important. To know how to put yourself at ease, to express and communicate your feelings. These are things we need to feel comfortable doing.” She touches on an important element of healing from stigma and hardships: Through acceptance, kindness, and compassion our communities are elevated.