In this episode, Dr. LaMarr D. Shields is joined by LaMonika Hill, the author of Liv & Gabby. LaMonika shares her personal challenges with mental illness and decided to write a book entitled Liv and Gabby: Brighter Days Ahead to help children understand the effects and causes of mental illness, and to learn the importance of being supportive and never losing sight of brighter days, no matter how dark things may seem.
LaMonika's advocacy work is centered on increasing awareness to end the stigma surrounding mental illness. She emphasizes that seeking help for mental illness is a sign of strength, not weakness. Her experience and understanding of mental illness have profoundly affected others, allowing them to see that they are not alone in their struggles.