Since my diagnosis of rapid cycling cyclothymia in 2009, I’ve been an avid mental health and chronic illness advocate. I believe that all health is important, and that we are all important regardless of our health. Shortly after being diagnosed, I began blogging about my journey of life with a mood disorder on my personal blog, Lilies and Elephants. Shortly I began advocating via social media, guest posting, and eventually by becoming involved in numerous patient advocacy communities.

In 2016, I started the Spread Hope Project. Through this project, I aim to provide tiny reminders of hope each day, raise mental health awareness, and help other health advocates in their efforts to share their story and their message. Through all of my advocacy work, I hope to remind others who struggle that, although it may sometimes feel like it, they are not alone.

To learn more about the Spread Hope Project, check out the website and Instagram! If you’re interested in Spreading Hope, or in health advocacy, I’d love to collaborate. You can email me here.

Keep an eye out for our Spread Hope Project & Yoga Road Trip!

Support Me As I Walk Overnight For Suicide Prevention

Finish line of 2018 Overnight Walk.

Finish line of 2018 Overnight Walk.

This June, I’ll be participating in my 6th Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk for Suicide Prevention. The Overnight Walk involves walking 16-18 miles (depending on the exact course) starting at sundown and walking until you complete, for suicide awareness and prevention. It’s hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and is hosted in two cities each year. This year, I’ll be heading to Boston to walk. I must raise $1000 in order to participate, and I’m well on my way. I’d be honored if you would consider helping me reach my fundraising goal for this incredibly important cause. Just click on the donate button below to reach my page. Truly every dollar counts!