"I have struggled with my mental health since I was a kid, but I didn’t know I was living with an undiagnosed anxiety disorder. During my early teen years, I felt extremely lonely, hopeless, and disconnected. Life felt meaningless and without purpose. At 15, everything got so bad that I thought about ending my life. Fortunately, I didn't go through with it and decided to reach out for support. I saw firsthand how seeking help changed my life for the better, so I wanted to be the help other teens can seek. That's when I created One Smile Effect!"

Elif Kaya, Founder & Executive Director of One Smile Effect