When I was struggling to get better mentally after a life altering experience one of the things that helped to heal me was listening to other people talk about their past struggles and how they overcame their situation or what they learned from it. Often after hearing someone else’s story I was able to apply the same lessons that they learned to my own life. Sometimes just hearing that other people had experienced the same thing as I did was healing in itself and it helped create hope that things could get better for me.
I am going to start adding blogs posts about people who have a story that I feel others can benefit or learn from. This first story is a lady I met on Twitter by the name of Lacee. Read below to learn about what Lacee is doing for Mental Health advocacy, she can be found on Twitter at: @nyberglacee
Tell us about yourself, a little back ground on yourself.
I grew up in a small, conservative, farm town in Kansas from birth to 18. The only thing that put us on the map was the community college in our town. I graduated at semester (December 2015) and moved to Omaha/ Council Bluffs area at the end of January 2016. I went back home for me senior prom and to walk with my graduating class. I am married, have a 9 year old daughter and I’m going to school full time studying Psychology with an emphasis on mental health and trauma healing.
Tell us why you are interested in Mental Health. Was there something in your past that now makes you passionate about mental health?
I’m interested in mental health for a variety of reasons. Growing up and even now, my friends always come to me for advice because I am honest but still gentle. It wasn’t until I went through an emotionally, mentally and physically abusive relationship did I really realize what I wanted to do with my life. I always knew my purpose in life was to help others and help others feel good about themselves but it wasn’t until that relationship did I know how. I didn’t and still don’t want anyone to ever endure the pain I did, let alone bringing a child into that. My daughter gave me the strength to leave for the final time and not go back. I didn’t want her growing up thinking that we a normal relationship and that was how men treated women.
Catholic charities is a wonderful organization that helps women get back on their feet and provide support in a safe place. I can’t thank them enough for what they did to help me, for free during one of the worst times of my life. There’s also WCA (Women’s Center for Advancement). They help with domestic violence, security assault, stalking and human trafficking.
What are some goals you would like to accomplish in regards to mental health. This can be anything like you are going to school for mental health, what do you plan to do in the future.
One goal is to try to help break the silence domestic violence. Domestic violence is all around us and it starts with awareness as children. They teach about teen pregnancy, the effects of drugs and alcohol and bullying, but why not domestic violence?
My second goal is to break the stigma on mental health. Mental health is important to all of us even those “tough man’s man” guys that were taught that being emotional is weakness. It’s not. People need to feel these emotions and eventually be able to open up to someone whether it be a friend, spouse or professional.
I want to thank Lacee for taking the time to share her story with me. If you or someone you know would like to be featured on the blog email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to share more stories of hope.