Kirsten Panachyda discovered a heart for teens struggling with emotional and mental illness, and most especially for their parents, when her own son’s illness introduced her to a new world. She desires to extend compassion and infuse courage into the soul-weary. Kirsten is a founding member of a support group for mothers of kids with mental and emotional struggles. She has written for a regional newsletter sent to families receiving services from mental health agencies. Kirsten homeschooled her children for fifteen years through high school, during which time she also taught classes on writing, literature, and history. She taught women’s Bible studies for ten years and has spoken and provided concerts at various local retreats and conferences.