In my personal life, I have worked to support my community by advocating for and educating others about living with a mental illness diagnosis. I learned how important it was to find allies, share stories, open up to those who understood and could empathize.
The validation I felt when talking openly about much I hated myself to others who nodded and cried with me was overwhelming and something I never thought I would experience. But I did. And it was OK. The more I spoke, the less alone I felt.
I wanted to help others see it was OK to talk about our mental illness. The more I did, the more I didn't feel alone. And it's important to know that the quieter we are, the further away we are from appropriate care. If no one hears us, no one helps us.
We don't need one more barrier to care.
So, I began really sharing my personal story when I applied to run the Boston Marathon in 2015 for Samaritans Suicide Prevention Organization. I felt so strongly about the work we did together that I decided to run again in 2019, raising over $20,000 to support their lifesaving services.
I was honored to be a guest speaker sharing my mental health journey for numerous events, including the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter's Annual Auction Fundraiser in both 2006 & 2017.
Now, as a bonafide finisher of the State of New Hampshire's Vocational Rehabilitation (Dept. of Edu.) Self-Employment Program, I have been gifted the ability (and guidance) to use my experiences to support the community in talking about mental health; through wearable art.
Through Doublesolid Apparel I will continue my mission to support others in empowering themselves to talk about mental health. Doublesolid Apparel will donate a portion of sales to mental health organizations annually.
We are committed to empowering everyone to talk about mental health. Thank you for supporting mental health for all, rock on 🤘