I met Shannon, Founder of Light after Loss, in the spring of 2016 and vividly remember thinking that I needed to get this internship because this woman had SO much knowledge to offer about counseling in general, but also about a topic that I needed help with – suicide.
My first encounter with a suicide attempt was with a close friend of mine in 2010. My first encounter with a client who attempted suicide was the summer of 2016. My first encounter with knowing someone who had lost someone to suicide was the fall of 2016. I remember the day I received the phone call from Shannon sharing that her husband, Craig, had completed suicide. Over the course of my time studying under Shannon; I not only fully grasped her depth of knowledge but also her strength and passion for those who were loss survivors. It was during this time that I developed my own personal mission: breakdown the stigma surrounding mental health and suicide through education, advocation and giving a voice to those who have been affected by suicide.
Currently, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Ohio, am working towards independent licensure in both Ohio and Pennsylvania and am a certified QPR trainer. I have worked in a wide variety of community mental health services and have seen, first-hand, the devastating effects that suicide can have on an individual and/or their family. I am honored to be the Secretary of the Board with Light after Loss and to continue on this journey to bring hope and healing while breaking down the stigma.
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