In the months after Mackenzie Drazan lost her younger sister, Shelby, to suicide last year, the 20-year-old Woodside resident and Duke University sophomore says she learned a lot of things she wished she had known while her sister was still alive.
"When I was trying to help my sister," she says, it was "a very steep learning curve."
Shelby Drazan was 17 when she died in October 2014. Shelby had been diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety and was struggling with an eating disorder, her sister says.
"It's hard to know even where to start," Mackenzie says. "It's hard to know how to be a sister, how to be a friend" to someone with a mental illness.
She decided a website would help her share what she's learned in the past year. The website, Teaching Everyone About Mental Health, or TEAM, is designed to help the family and friends of those with mental illness.
"Hopefully we can lower the learning curve for everybody else," she says.
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