Mental Illness Awareness Week

I'm so excited that Mental Fitness, Inc. invited me to be a part of their "What Is Beauty" campaign. The idea is to get people talking about the following three questions: What is beauty? What is inner beauty? And what is happiness? In addition to starting a dialogue, the aim of this project is to present alternative views to the dominant notions of "beauty" propagated by society and popular culture. With more than 1/3 of teenage girls struggling with eating disorders, depression and addictions -- and many more young adults struggling with obesity and mental health issues -- there is an urgent need for Mental Fitness, Inc.'s award-winning programs.

I found these questions to be challenging and thought-provoking. There are no simple answers; nonetheless, it's important to keep the conversation going. How would you define beauty? How would you define inner beauty? And what, exactly, is happiness? Here are my thoughts. I'd love to hear yours.