Mental Health Awareness Creates Prevention

Poster B49, Tuesday, October 9, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Essex Ballroom

Jasmin Pierre1; 1Certified Peer Support Specialist Goverment funded program

People are still afraid to have the talk. They fear speaking about suicide but it continues to be the tenth leading cause of death in the United states. A lot of fear and lack of awareness is what keeps so many from seeking and receiving help. I know because I use to be one of those people. Instead of being aware and comfortable with having the talk about my mental health I attempted to take my life twice in the past 10 years. I felt ashamed and scared to talk about my issues because of how society views mental health and suicide. Now that I'm in recovery from Major Depressive Disorder I have become a mental health advocate, Certified Peer Support Specialist, Self Help Book Author of "A Fight Worth Finishing" a book about my own personal experiences with depression and suicide, and I own my own recovery based Service to help those who battle depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. I have made it my life's mission to get other's to be aware of their mental health. I have reached over one million people on social media with my advocating. Something I've heard from a few people is "thank you for speaking up. Your words saved my live". By continually making others aware and not feel ashamed it can truly save lives. I wish to discuss this in detail during my presentation.

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