Testimonies

Real life stories from real life women, struggling and overcoming.

 

Riley G.

Chi omega at the university of missouri

My journey with mental health started my junior year of high school after I got out of a pretty abusive relationship. I was diagnosed with depression and later anxiety and have dealt with those ever since. For a while I was ashamed to be dealing so heavily with depression and ashamed for being on medication. I thought if only I could “fix myself” then I could be normal again, but I now know that I don’t need fixing because my mental illness does not define me, it is just of a part of who I am. This is one of the reasons that I love stand up for your sister because it takes the shame and hiding away and allows you to bring your struggles and your reality into the light. I think vulnerability breeds so much power and strength and I truly could see this unfolding at our SUFYS presentation. Being able to see my friends stand up and share what’s going on in their lives inspired me to not only share my story but also to just be more aware of the people around me. I was so encouraged to start really checking up on my friends and sisters and always being an active listener. I think overall, being able to own your story and share it can bring so much healing and so much power and I encourage everyone to do it!


Kaitlyn

Delta Delta Delta at the university of kansas

Overall, I walked out of chapter with a whole new perspective on my sorority chapter after Stand Up For Your Sister came and joined us. Before chapter, I remember being so caught up in my head with my own thoughts. After standing up and being vulnerable, I found that my other sisters were in fact going through the same struggles as myself. We all tend to put our most positive self forward, and while that is nice, it is not realistic. In our own chapter, not one person stood alone on any topic. We all are going through something, but that does not mean we have to go through it alone. Again, I would love to thank this program for coming to my chapter and allowing me to change my perspective on certain topics. This experience will be something I will always remember.


kaylyn o.

alpha sigma alpha at truman state university

I am so grateful our chapter had the opportunity to experience sufys. Their presentation allowed our chapter to dive deeper into our emotions and realize that none of us are alone in our struggles. For me, it was one of the first times that I had opened up about an experience in my life. It wasn’t easy standing up in front of everyone and being vulnerable, but I knew I would be supported and I felt so safe around the women in my chapter. From all of us Alphas to SUFYS: thank you for giving us the opportunity to open up and share our stories with each other. Your positive impact on mental health is truly empowering. We are grateful for you!


Elizabeth M.

Gamma phi beta at Kansas State University

I came into college with a lot of insecurity. I had been struggling for years with bulimia and was too afraid to tell anyone I needed help. When Stand Up For Your Sister came and spoke at my sorority I got to see that I was in good company with my struggles. At the end of the presentation, when given the chance to share our stories, one girl after the next stood and confessed that she too had been under the influence of self-doubt. We got together and started a SUFYS group message where we kept each other accountable and reminded one another of our true value. It was this program that not only saved 4 girls from bulimia but also taught us just how important it is to surround these issues in community. I am forever grateful for this organization and the ladies that pour their lives into standing up for their sister.