Which came first? My mental illness or addiction? Was I drinking to medicate the mental illness or did the drugs make me mentally ill? For me the answer is not as important as the message. These two things are part of me, part of my story and parts of what make me who I am. I would not be me without my bouts of depression, without my alcoholism and without my recovery. I am honored to work with the CA Dept of Mental Health, NorCal MHA, ACCESS Ambassadors, & NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to help advocate for those still suffering.
I have been extremely blessed to be able to share my journey with others. Speaking with students, family members, law enforcement, and many other community groups to promote awareness and end the stigma surrounding mental health issues. If you would like more information on educational training courses offered or would like me to speak to your church, school, office, or group please feel free to email me via the contact form page!
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Mental Health First Aid and
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues. This is a course that teaches you how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by improving understanding and providing an action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental illness or substance use disorder. See more at MHFA