Tracy Mergler was diagnosed with an eating disorder when she was 14 years old. Shortly after her diagnosis, she found that there was very little help available in central New York. The Syracuse native always had to leave the area to seek treatment for her mental health.
Since then, Mergler has dreamed of bringing a space to central New York that provides accessible support for people struggling with their mental health. Eight months ago she founded Safe Space CNY, a communal mental health collective, and began running support groups.
The wellness organization provides safety, connection and understanding to community members who are battling mental health issues by offering peer-facilitated support groups and creative therapy groups.