A patient at Cincinnati Children’s, Alyssa Smith was chosen as the 2016-2017 CMN Ohio Champion.
A true advocate, Alyssa speaks openly and frequently about her struggles with mental illness. “Everyone has issues,” she says. “At least I know what mine are.”
Since Alyssa’s diagnosis at age 3, when her tantrums lasted for hours and she refused to sleep, she’s made incredible strides. Coping techniques, biweekly counseling, a healthy diet, daily medication and supplements help her cope with her ups and downs.
When Alyssa, 12, feels overwhelmed, she visits her mental health care provider at Cincinnati Children’s. She knows the staff loves and supports her and will help her and those around her stay safe.
She excels in school and loves volunteering as a peer tutor for kids with special needs.