Suicide attempt survivor. Mental Health Advocate. Human.
I was in 4th grade when I started cutting myself, a freshman in high school when I attempted suicide, and it wasn't until after college that I realized I will always have depression and will always struggle with suicidal thoughts.
I have always been vocal about my journey, thanks to my mother's outspokenness. In the process of sharing my story, I began to realize that others don't have a voice. This taboo subject is uncomfortable and hard to understand, but talking about it SAVES LIFES.
I always say that if we can talk about pooping, then we can talk about mental illnesses.
Born and raised in Nebraska, I grew up with the best parents someone with my brain could have. I grew up in a small town, then moved to Omaha for college right after high school. I have a B.A. in Communication and am working on my M.A. in Leadership.
I love a good glass of wine, beer or whiskey. I am a connoisseur of all food, and enjoy experimenting in my own kitchen as well. I love animals an sometimes start crying when I see a cute kitty or doggo. I love pottery, crocheting, yoga, music, being outside, my cat Taco, spending time with my family and adorable nephew, and meeting new people.
I live to help others, and I can do that by sharing my story.
It all started when I went to England for two weeks once.
I was paired with two amazing woman to share a room with. Little did I know that we would have so much in common. We all suffered from depression and anxiety and we all had our run arounds with suicide.
That trip is one I will never forget.
I found myself in Europe.
I knew who I was to become, and who I had to stop pretending to be.
I knew I had to keep talking about it.
I have a loud voice and I use it to kill the stigma that comes with mental illnesses and suicide.
Talking about it saves lives.
So let's talk.