The image on the left was without question one of the most challenging times of my life. I hid behind my smile, and not a single person knew the depths of my struggles with mental illness and addiction. As a teacher, I downplayed my collapse in the hallway outside of the classroom, and after a visit with a doctor I sat alone with the cold reality that I had one month to live if I didn’t do something different.
It suddenly became clear that if I wanted something differentI had to do something different.
Nobody was going to fight my battles and my many demons for me. So I chose to fight, and I always kept hope close to my heart.
Here’s why I made this post.
1. I am genuinely concerned about the mental health of so many people during these challenging times. I have a strong suspicion that over the next few months we will see a devastating fallout in the form of suicides, over doses, domestic violence, etc…
2. Because of this concern I am going to focus my time and energy on providing unique training to address and improve the mental health challenges that I believe many are facing. To do this I am partnering with world renowned expert Jesse Brisendine. We are delivering our first one-hour training on the evening of August 5th. Please note that this is not a free event and has a fee of $47 USD. If this is of interest and you want more information please contact me.
3. Remember that just because someone is smiling doesn’t mean that they are happy. Pay attention to your guts. If you think something is wrong, it probably is. Take the time to listen. Not fix.
4. At all times keep hope, and keep fighting.