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. In-person speaking engagements beyond 90 miles may require a fee for travel expenses.