For WKYC meteorologist Hollie Strano, opening up her heart about a "deeply personal issue" has resulted in connections and recognition that she never expected.
In recent weeks, she has received a series of awards for her first-person story about anxiety that aired in February on WKYC.
On May 10, Hollie received the Open Door Award for Achievement in Advocacy from The Nord Center in Lorain County.
Just a few days later, Hollie also received the Helping Hands Award from the ADAMHS (Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services) Board of Cuyahoga County on May 13 for opening up about her struggles.
Her story had a profound impact on thousands of viewers who reached out to Hollie in the weeks after it aired. Since then, Hollie has made it part of her mission to break the stigma when it comes to mental health.
On May 20, Hollie’s first-person story was replayed for guests at the National Association on Mental Illness’s “They Kept Going” Annual Meeting. Hollie also taped a special presentation for the event since she couldn’t personally attend due to her early hours.
And on May 23, Hollie was a keynote speaker at the annual Healthcare Financial Management Association's conference in Canton, where she again shared her story and spoke on mental health in the workplace. Conference organizers donated money to both The Nord Center and the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County on Hollie’s behalf.
Hollie recently started her own YouTube page where she frequently talks about anxiety and mental health.
According to Hollie, the conversations are just getting started! She is determined to make a difference!