Kelly Spears has more than a decade of experience in the healthcare field. The full-time writer, editor, and mental health advocate began her career as an activity director at a mental health facility in 2000 after taking a break from college to find her true passion. She received her certification in activities and continued to work as a certified activity director and social services designee until 2013, when she went back to college to pursue her English degree and began working as a freelance writer.
Kelly spent two years working as a news writer at The Knot before becoming an editorial writer at Quora in 2017. She currently works as a writer and book/website editor, and she’s proud to be part of the editorial team at BetterHelp.com.
Kelly is also a contributor for Recovery Warriors—an online resource for individuals struggling with eating disorders. She became passionate about helping others heal from their eating disorders after pursuing treatment and starting her own healing journey after 15+ years of disordered eating.
Kelly is particularly passionate about offering education and support to those dealing with anxiety, depression, post-partum depression, eating disorders, and body dysmorphia.
Kelly Spears returned to higher education in 2013 as a full-time activity director and mother of three. She completed two years at Columbus State Community College before transferring to The Ohio State University’s Honors English Program. She plans to return to complete her master’s degree and become a Licensed Professional Counselor.
“My Philosophy on Mental Health & Wellness”
I believe that pushing back against stigma, stereotypes, and societal norms allows us to see ourselves and others in a more compassionate, empathetic light, and gives us the headspace necessary to educate others from a caring, nonjudgmental viewpoint.
I believe healthcare should include every aspect of the human mind, body, and experience. Rather than focusing on charts and statistics, I believe overall wellbeing should be considered by every healthcare practitioner. By broadening the scope of health and wellness, we can help reduce stigma, shame, and the mental health concerns that arise from black and white thinking.
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