Kim is a passionate mental health advocate dedicated to helping others.
After suffering in silence for many years with anxiety, major depression, suicidal thoughts and alcohol use disorder, Kim has devoted her life to helping others survive and thrive in the face of mental illness. A consistent ‘top performing’ business woman and winner of several Director’s and Peer Choice Awards within her organization, Kim suffered in silence in the workplace because of fear of stigma. Her professional performance never wavered. However, inside she was broken, empty and on the verge of giving up.
On July 16, 2009, she decided to seek help for alcohol use, depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. That is where her story begins.
Kim is now 10 years sober and healthy from depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.
She is a certified speaker and state trainer in the “In Our Own Voice” program through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Hampshire chapter. Kim is also a NAMI NH support group facilitator and a certified teacher in the Family to Family program. The Family to Family program is a 12-week, evidence-based program that provides support and education for individuals who have a loved one living with mental illness.
Kim is a member of the Dartmouth Hitchcock Health System, Campaign to End Stigma and Discrimination in Behavioral Health.
She is a Keynote Speaker for Worth Living and was recently named the lead for Worth Living New England.
She completed her MBA in 2017 at University of Roehampton in London. She collaborated with NAMI Massachusetts to conduct her capstone project where she analyzed the results of their CEO’s Against Stigma program. CEO’s Against Stigma is a program that was developed to end stigma in the workplace. Over 100 CEO’s in Massachusetts signed the pledge to end stigma in the workplace and start the conversation about bridging the gap to support employees suffering with mental illness.
Kim is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Business Immersion program a member of the National Speakers Association and is enrolled in the Brene Brown “Brave Leaders” certification program.
In her spare time, Kim volunteers at her local hospital by conducting NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations to patients to provide hope and inspiration. She also conducts presentations to nurses and employees to provide the patient perspective. She has delivered presentations to nursing student at Nashua Community College and St Anselm College as part of their curriculum that was focused on mental health. She also presented to 800 middle school children and their parents at the annual Step Up conference which focuses on communication, advocacy and self-esteem. The 2018 focus of the conference was support and education around mental illness.
She is a mother of a beautiful 27 year old daughter who is also in the helping field and is earning her Masters in Social Work. She works full time as a consultant, travels extensively in the US and lives in New Hampshire.
Kim’s goal is to share her story with as many individuals as possible to provide hope and
to let individuals know they should not suffer alone.
It’s Ok to Not Be Ok