Survivor to discuss recovery from depression, addiction

News Date: 
Fri. 10/18/2013

From the depths of depression and addiction to a traveler on the road to recovery, Renee Yohe offers inspiration that speaks to the heart of too many people – young and old.

Renee Yohe

Yohe will share her story of drugs, depression and self-injury at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in McKay Gymnasium on the lower level of the Casado Campus Center.

Yohe was the impetus and inspiration behind the beginnings of the group To Write Love on Her Arms – a nonprofit organization that aims to present hope for people struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury and thoughts of suicide. The group also invests in treatment and recovery.

“Yohe was the same age as many of our students are when they enter Friends University when she found herself struggling with depression,” said Andrea Taylor-Craft, director of counseling, wellness and international services at the University. “Many people experience the first symptoms of depression during their college years. Renee’s ability to inspire others that there is hope in recovery and that it’s an ongoing journey is an important message.”

The event is free and open to the public, but it is recommended that all audience members be age 15 or older.

“The stories she has to share are very candid,” Taylor-Craft said. “For that reason, we recommend that those under 15 do not attend.”

Yohe’s talk coincides with the month for National Depression Screening. As part of this October observation, Friends University Counseling Services will offer a mental health checkup at

“Students will have the opportunity to take a brief, anonymous screening and learn more about their mental health. The screening provides students with the insight into symptoms they might be experiencing and offers helpful treatment and referral information, if needed,” Taylor-Craft said.

For more information about this event, contact or 295-5675.

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