Achea Redd, previously featured in Reader's Digest, Huffington Post, Thrive Global and Shondaland, is also the author of "Be Free. Be You" and the upcoming "Authentic You: A Girl's Guide to Growing Up Fearless and True," which inspires young girls to find their voices, let them out and love themselves unconditionally. Daughter of a pastor and wife of NBA legend and Olympian Michael Redd, Achea suffered from atypical anorexia throughout her teens and was diagnosed with depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder in 2016. The stigma and shame associated with mental illness led Achea to hide her conditions from the world and her loved ones, which exacerbated her issues to the point of a full-blown breakdown, even contemplating suicide. Thankfully, this inspirational mother of two got help and is now not only thriving, but helping others, especially women and POC, make their mental health a priority.

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