Motivated to Help Others
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Last year, Jamie participated in the 2021 Shopper’s Run for Women and was the largest single fundraiser from her team. She has participated in many races over the years; however, this cause has such personal meaning for her she was highly motivated to raise funds and awareness.
Starting in her late teens she began to struggle with periods of depression which seemed to escalate as she got older. At that time there were few resources and it was difficult to find support for mental health issues. Jamie struggled over the next twenty years with many doctors, medications and therapies that were ineffective. She was hospitalized once in an attempt to find an effective medication regiment.
Finally, in the late 1990’s, Jamie gave birth to her first child and had a manic episode. This event helped her receive a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Since that time, with the support of her psychiatrist and being properly medicated, Jamie has been able to live a more stable and productive life.
She still has obstacles to overcome every day, but with the love and support of her husband, family and friends, Jamie perseveres and contributes to the world in a positive way.
As Jamie has overcome her challenges, she is highly motivated to help others with their mental health issues so they too can live a happier life with hope and contentment. Even though mental health challenges are very common in today’s world, there is still a judgmental stigma that still takes a significant toll on her self-esteem.
Jamie has been able to maintain continuous employment, contribute to the community through volunteer work and raise a wonderful family. It has not been an easy road, but she has met every challenge with courage and determination. She hopes to help others who are suffering from similar problems by raising awareness so others can live meaningful and happy lives.
Run For Women shows people who are dealing with mental health issues that they are not alone in their journey. It’s an opportunity to come together with the community, be there for each other and support mental health resources.
We need your help to make a difference in mental healthcare.
This May 28, the community will run/walk to help bring awareness and support mental health programs close to home.