I am a survivor. I desire to help people better understand mental illnesses and lead them in the direction towards healing so that they, too, can be survivors. I want them to know that they are not alone.
I have survived a lifetime of Bipolar II, Bulimia, OCD and Anxiety. I have also survived multiple suicide attempts, including one in 2016 where my survival was a pure miracle. After having spent over 100 days in both in-patient and residential treatment settings since 2011, I have grown and learned so much that I want to reduce the stigma that goes along with these and other mental disorders.
All of my life experiences, coupled with my education in psychology and counseling, have given me the knowledge, desire, and passion to advocate for mental health awareness. I speak to share my story, in hopes of not only educating, but also providing inspiration for others to seek professional help.
I am available for interviews, speaking and educational events. Whether it is sharing my personal experiences with eating disorders, mental illnesses and stigma or educating and informing others on the types of illnesses that are out there, I am willing to accommodate your needs. I have done interviews for TV, newspaper and spoken at seminars, meetings and luncheons. I speak as a non-clinical professional to share my story and what it is like from the patient’s perspective in the world of mental health.
Please check out the different pages here that describe me and feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or opportunities you may want to share. I hope this site provides you with information you may need to help a loved one, or become a survivor yourself.