-- This month we're airing a special series as part of our year-long mental health project. This series is called Raise Your Voice: Stories from Teens. Public radio producer David Sommerstein gave recorders to three young women in New York and asked them to document their daily lives. Today, we hear from Brittany Chase. Brittany is 16 years old. She lives in a foster home. Strife and substance abuse in her biological family landed her in the foster care system. Brittany says it saved her life. One note: these are teenagers, so the language is, at times, rough.
Editor's note: This is our latest piece in a year-long commitment to covering mental health issues in Alabama. You can learn more about our "Making Sense of Mental Health" project and find local mental health resources -- as our commitment continues throughout the year -- inside this website.