Pictured: Rachel Papke, Julia Tannenbaum, and Renee
Here is Renee's interview with Julia Tannenbaum, author of Changing Ways—her compelling debut novel about a teen's journey to overcome mental illness and begin the process of recovery. She shares her personal story and chats about how the main character in the book, Grace, was inspired by her own life and journey.
She's also joined by Rachel Papke, Communications Manager for the Jordan Porco Foundation. She talks about the Jordan Porco Foundation's mission to prevent suicide, promote mental health, and create a message of hope for young adults. Over the years, JPF has reached over 75,000 students nationwide with Fresh Check Day and continues to make great strides towards suicide prevention.
Listen to the full interview here:
About the Book
Growing up sucks. Struggling to cope with the constant stress of school, her mother, and her confusing social life, sixteen-year-old Grace Edwards finds sanity in the most destructive of ways: dieting and self-harming. But just when Grace thinks she has everything under control, a classmate catches her cutting in the girls’ locker room, and Grace’s entire life is flipped upside down.
Now she’s faced with the unthinkable – a stint in a psych ward with kids who seem so much worse than she is. After all, she’s not sick. She’s totally okay. She’ll never do it again. But the longer Grace stays, the more she realizes that the kids in the ward aren’t that different from her.
Slowly Grace comes to terms with her mental illness, but as her discharge date crawls closer, she knows that the outside world is an unpredictable place . . . and one which whispers temptations about hidden food, dangerous objects, and failure to stay in recovery.
About the Jordan Porco Foundation
The Jordan Porco Foundation was founded in 2011 by Ernie and Marisa Porco after they lost their son, Jordan, to suicide when he was a freshman in college.
In their grief, Jordan’s parents learned the unacceptable statistics surrounding mental health and suicide in the young adult population, and decided they needed to turn their grief into action so that other families would never have to experience such a profound loss.
The Jordan Porco Foundation is committed to preventing suicide in the high school, college, and college entry student population. Through awareness, education, and innovative programming, JPF is challenging stigma around mental health and help-seeking, creating open conversations about the prevalence of suicide and mental health issues in the young adult population, and saving lives.
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