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Lindsey Stirling: 'You Are Not Alone'

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You may recognize those stunning red locks from season five of America's Got Talent. Yup, that's Lindsey Stirling. The world renowned violinist recently swung by the AOL offices to promote her latest album Shatter Me as part of the AOL BUILD series. While there, she answered my question about becoming an open, positive voice for young people everywhere.

Last summer, I had the pleasure of interviewing the hip-hop violinist with four other Girls Who Code alumni. Lindsey told us it was the most fun interview she has ever done! She opened up about an eating disorder she experienced in her teens that inspired her song "Shatter Me." She told us how vital it is to retrain your brain to think positively. She 100 percent believes that if you don't like the person you are today, you CAN change.

Lindsey's courage to start a discussion on mental health in teens is both extraordinary and uplifting. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, 91 percent of women surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting. These appalling statistics demand that we make stronger efforts to erase the stigma surrounding mental illnesses. You are never alone in your struggle, and it's unfortunate that many people feel isolated during hard times. Influential voices like Lindsey's are helping to change this reality, one open interview at a time.
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