Jordan

Jordan

Jordan is a public speaker who discusses the mental health issues and disorders that affect so many of us. He is a survivor of a suicide attempt during his senior year in high school and shares his powerful story of fighting depression and finding recovery.

Jordan is a nationally recognized mental health advocate. In 2008 he addressed a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill. In 2010 he was chosen as one of the “Best of Philly” for his work in public speaking and advocacy. In 2012 he was honored with an Emerging Humanitarian Award from retired San Francisco 49ers player Nmadi (Nam-DEE) Asomugha (Awesome-Wah) and the Asomugha Foundation.

 

 

He has been featured in People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and USA Today. Jordan has appeared on ESPN’s E:60 and Outside the Lines, as well as Dr. Phil, The Ricki Lake Show, CNN, the Early Show and Good Morning America. He has been featured in three documentaries and his piece, “Unbreakable” with E:60 was nominated for an Emmy. Most recently, you might have seen Jordan at the White House for the National Conference on Mental Health, hosted by President Obama and Vice President Biden.

Jordan has been speaking on his story and mental health all over the country for the last 8 years. He’s spoken in 32 different states and 3 different countries. His presentation is meant to inspire, educate and allow others to know they’re not alone.

Jordan is based in Philadelphia, PA. Speaking engagements beyond 120 miles may require a fee for travel expenses.

Jenna

When she was eight years old, Jenna’s father passed away. The effects of this trauma on her young life took a toll. She was diagnosed with anxiety, something she could not comprehend at the tender age of eight.

Beginning in elementary school, and continuing through middle school and high school, she developed negative coping skills. One of the most powerful was perfectionism; however, she only strived to look good for other people and never saw her own worth.

When Jenna started college, she and her best friend made a promise to seek treatment for their diagnoses of anxiety and depression. She faced a series of traumatic events throughout her college experience, and through her commitment to treatment and ongoing therapy, she not only survived but eventually thrived. She is now a mental health advocate, enlightening others and ending the stigma about mental health issues.

Jenna is based in Boston, MA. Speaking engagements beyond 120 miles may require a fee for travel expenses.

Joey

Joey always knew that he wanted help people who experienced mental health issues, and he expected that to come by pursuing a career in psychology. What he never expected was that he would have to deal with mental health issues of his own.

Joey grew up in a loving family and always did very well in school, even though he was hiding his fears and truths from those around him. Being Puerto Rican, in school Joey was afraid of appearing like he didn’t belong in upper level courses; he didn’t want it to seem that he was a token minority. When Joey realized he is bisexual, he was not able to accept it. The fear of his family’s disapproval led him to keep it a secret from everyone in his life. His goal became to act like he fit in and get into college.

Once away from his family and away at college, his insecurities and internal struggle deepened his dislike of himself. He fell into a very deep and intense depression that manifested into a desire to self-harm, suicidal ideation, anxiety, and panic-attacks. Self-harm became a negative coping skill to deal with the intense depression and anxiety that he was feeling.

Eventually, Joey realized that he did not want to continue living in that painful existence. He took action by entering therapy and began taking medications to help with his depression and anxiety. Today, he is much stronger emotionally and is managing his mental health. Even though his family is still working to balance their love for Joey with deeply held religious beliefs that cause them to struggle in accepting his sexuality, he is happy with himself and that he was able to get to this place in his life. His goal is to share his story with others, to help everyone get to a place where they can accept themselves and work to become the best person they can be. He wants everyone to know that there’s always hope, and with perseverance and understanding, things can get better.

Joey is based in Western Massachusetts. Speaking engagements beyond 120 miles may require a fee for travel expenses.

Morgan

Morgan’s self-doubt and insecurity led to anxiety and depression that eventually manifested into disordered eating, self-harm, and suicide ideation. Through her recovery, Morgan developed positive coping skills and learned how to love herself, turning that self-doubt into self-worth. She shares her story so that others know they are not alone and recovery IS possible.

Brooke

Brooke

Brooke comes from a childhood full of dysfunction. She never learned healthy ways of experiencing and expressing deep emotions. She grew up having to present a happy face even when she wasn’t happy, which led to becoming progressively hopeless, insecure, and lacking self-worth.

Her intense fear of abandonment led to her being taken advantage of by so-called “friends” who would threaten their friendship if she didn’t do what they wanted her to. Brooke’s experiences throughout her childhood were damaging and infused her with self-doubt, guilt, and a feeling of never being good enough. After struggling with Hypochondria (now realized as an attempt to gain attention from her mother), Brooke was diagnosed with Bipolar II, Body Dysmorphia Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, multiple eating disorders, and eventually Borderline Personality Disorder.

She engaged in reckless behaviors such as drinking, drugs, and self-harm, hoping they’d help her escape from the pain she felt. By the time she left middle school, she felt like life wasn’t worth living, and in high school things got worse. She didn’t want anyone to know what was going on with her, and since she grew up as a child actress, it was easy for her to slap on a smile and hide away from the world rather than speaking up and asking for the help she so desperately wanted and needed.

She didn’t believe anyone would truly love her, and those feelings of worthlessness led to panic attacks and break downs. Eventually, she reached her breaking point; she was ready, and had planned, to take her own life, but chose to seek help instead. She was able to receive treatment at a residential program, finding people there who understood her pain and could truly empathize. Discovering a group of other young girls who shared the same feelings and negative coping experiences made her realize she wasn’t alone and was pivotal in her healing and taking back her life.

Brooke has learned that her best way to recovery is through self-love, consistency, and believing in herself. She hopes to impart knowledge around letting go of self-doubt and negative coping mechanisms by replacing them with positive skills and attitudes. Brooke has come to learn how to build mastery around things she loves to do, and that doing so increases her confidence and self-esteem. Now, Brooke realizes that she is ALWAYS worthwhile, no matter what her feelings may tell her. Today, she lives with two of her favorite coping mechanisms, her two dogs and one cat. She makes bagels, is a personal chef, and, with Minding Your Mind, is living out her dream of being a mental health speaker and offering all she can to help others.

Brooke is based in Massachusetts. Speaking engagements beyond 120 miles may require a fee for travel expenses.

Andrew

Andrew had it all entering his senior year at Muhlenberg College. He was a starting defensive back for the football team, named captain of the track and field team, and already had a full-time position upon graduation with a large accounting firm in Philadelphia. However, an injury in the first game of the season and increasing pressure to perform caused drastic changes for him. Andrew lost his identity and began deeply struggling. His issues started with insomnia with trouble concentrating in class and on the field. This led him to spiral into a deep, lonely hole. Andrew hid his struggles from family and friends as he pretended that everything was fine, until he experienced suicidal ideations and reached a point where he desperately needed help. After a visit to the ER, he was diagnosed with major clinical depression and severe anxiety, which was extremely difficult for him to accept.

With a strong support group behind him, Andrew and his family began taking the needed steps toward recovery. He took medication for his depression and anxiety and began both psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. It was difficult at first, but over time Andrew began to see a light at the end of the tunnel. He turned to exercise and positive coping skills to work through his inner anger and pain. As his life started to gradually improve, Andrew shared his story in spring of 2014 with many of his teammates, classmates, and friends in the hopes that it would help someone else. The overwhelmingly positive feedback he received inspired him to continue talking about mental health. Andrew’s goal in working with Minding Your Mind is to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issue, and help others who may be suffering to know that they are not alone and that it gets better.

Andrew is based in Philadelphia, PA. Speaking engagements beyond 120 miles may require a fee for travel expenses.