I learned about mental health the hard way. I‘ve struggled with anxiety and depression since I was a kid, but my real education began when my little brother was hit hard with schizophrenia. Unable to get him into treatment, I fought back the only way I knew how—by shining the spotlight of the media on the state of the mental health care. As soon as I began writing about our experience, I became flooded with passionate e-mails from strangers who had similar struggles and stories, and often no where to turn.
After my brother’s suicide, I left my career in magazine publishing to work on the front lines of mental health, working as the Communications Director for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the Mental Health Association of New York City, Fountain House, and Phoenix House. And, because street cred isn’t everything, I went back to school to get a Masters in Public Health.
My mission is to change the way people think about mental health—and eventually to disrupt how they get care.
Want to know more about me?
- Read my articles for Salon, Austin Monthly, and more.
- Book me to speak about why mental health is so freaking important, how you can prevent suicide through social media, and how to live happily in spite of depression.
- Check out my work or visit some of the other mental health sites I created, You Matter, Lifeline E-Cards, and With Help Comes Hope.
- Send me an e-mail and connect with me on Twitter and LinkedIn.