Monthly Archives: December 2021

Mental Illness Wellness and Somewhere In Between

My mother used to say to me, Julie, Tuesday’s child was born to have a hard life and you sure have. I guess there are times when I could relate to that but I’ve grown to view challenges as opportunities and to find the lessons for personal growth and support of others. Today’s discussion is about my evolving definition of just what is mental illness, mental wellness and the gray area in between. I’ve been passionate about this topic since I was a little child, first witnessing a favorite aunt with psychotic behavior, then being in class with a few folks who were teased and bullied for being “retarded” as these folks were labeled in the 50s and 60s. I always had a soft place in my heart, would talk to them and include them in activities at school. After all, I was obese and often left out and bullies as well.

Stephanie Kessel, MPH – Founder and Owner of Best Vibes Villages

Stephanie is a Twin and 1 of 7 children and she is Multiracial. Her Mother has bi-polar illness. Stephanie recalls being a passionate child and had an early interest in being a family health advocate. She has degrees in Early childhood education, fine art, holistic health, a masters in Public Health and child and Family Development. And her most recent accomplishment is being the Founder of Best Vibes Village here in San Diego, CA