Valarie is a mental health writer and advocate specializing in articles and grant proposals. She is a regular contributor to the Mental Health Awareness Project and Absolute Advocacy, as well as other mental health publications.

Valarie has her BA in English from the University of Illinois at Springfield, where she interned with Dress for Success and earned the Marilyn Ostrowski award for best undergraduate essay. She also has her Grant Writing Certification from Western Carolina University.