These stories introduce you to young people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness and have actively and courageously participated in their recovery and treatment.

They have revealed intimate details from their experiences in the hopes of starting an honest discussion on mental health, dispelling stereotypes and encouraging other young people who are suffering to get treatment.

Follow these and other stories as we add more voices, and add your comments and be part of the conversation.

Step Inside My Head is a program of Active Minds through a partnership between Billy Howard and Active Minds.

Photographer and writer Billy Howard is a 2011-2012 Rosalynn Carter Fellow in Mental Health Journalism. This project made possible by The Carter Center Mental Health Program.

credits: photography, video and stories by Billy Howard

additional video, editing and interviews by Laurie Shock

logo, banner and exhibit design by Shock Design, www.shockdesign.com

We are grateful to Rosalynn Carter, The Carter Center and the staff, advisors and task force of the Mental Health ProgramĀ