In this griping presentation, DeAnn shares her story of an unlikely survival and her strong will to live. As a former Marine – she, and others like her – have been trained not to ask for help or show weakness. So when professional and personal events let to situational depression, she tried to power through her newly found mental illness by brute character alone. Because she operated as a high functioning depressive, no one at her work was aware she was struggling. However, on the evening of her 52nd birthday, she lost that battle and attempted to take her life by shooting herself in the head.
Individuals: Through her experience, she saves lives by spreading the message of resiliency, HOPE and teaching others how to take care of their mind and body. DeAnn’ story is a remarkable testament to the strength of the human spirit and a reminder for us to love the life we live.
Organizations: DeAnn helps workplaces appreciate the critical need for suicide prevention, creating a forum for dialogue and critical thinking about workplace mental health challenges. She builds a business case for suicide prevention while promoting help-seeking and help-giving.