Turning Pain Into Purpose: Advocating for Mental Health

Mar 13, 2024

4:00pm – 5:00pm CT

After the tragic loss of her son Jarad Higgins (rapper Juice WRLD), Carmela Wallace founded Live Free 999 to turn her pain into purpose. Since then, Live Free 999 has led the charge in destigmatizing conversations around mental health and substance dependency, reaching over 10,000 people throughout the US and Canada through their partnership with Crisis Text Line, a free, 24/7, confidential mental health service. Join Carmela to discuss mental health challenges and substance dependency and the importance crisis prevention, revolutionizing the way Americans discuss mental health, and healing through advocacy.

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Natalia Dayan

Crisis Text Line

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Carmela Wallace

Live Free 999

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