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Natalie Braman D’Mello: Finding a Light in the Darkness

Natalie Braman D’Mello: Finding a Light in the Darkness

Natalie Braman D’Mello had a tear in her eye as she showed the scars from her third attempt at taking her own life when she was just 15 years old. Since then, she has lost count of how many attempts she has made. She says that she […]

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Derrick Kirkland: Recovery is a Lifelong Journey

Derrick Kirkland: Recovery is a Lifelong Journey

Derrick Kirkland flashed a big smile as he excitedly showed a picture of his 37-year old son and explained that he would become a grandpa in January, but this proud father hasn’t always been so close to his son. When his son was just three months old, […]

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Christa Brickey: Dealing with The After Effects of Suicide

Christa Brickey: Dealing with The After Effects of Suicide

Christa Brickey knew from a young age that her older brother Nathan was struggling. Nathan suffered from medical issues that caused him to endure surgeries, feel constantly uncomfortable, miss school and get held back a grade. Christa and Nathan had been close. She even considered him to […]

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Success Story: David Sigal

Success Story: David Sigal

  David Sigal battled addiction for over a decade, but now he is saying, “This is it, drugs!” David is now a part of the Opiate Task Force fighting to end the epidemic in Ohio. In December, 2014, David started Loud Life Foundation to inspire and empower those affected […]

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“Mental Health Can Affect Anyone..from Corporate, to your Blue Collar, Children”

“Mental Health Can Affect Anyone..from Corporate, to your Blue Collar, Children”

Patrick Williams is an advocate for recovery that we interviewed for our May is Mental Health Month E Newsletter. View his story on our YouTube channel here.

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Pain is Pain, and it Hurts

Pain is Pain, and it Hurts

Kevin Ramsey is the baby of the family with an older brother and sister. He grew up in Whitehall, near eastside of Columbus. At six years young, Ramsey watched his father suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He would go to the pharmacy with him to pick […]

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Removing the Rearview Mirror

Removing the Rearview Mirror

Michael Stovall, 61, grew up in a household with three younger sisters in Columbus, Ohio. He was introduced to heroin at the tender age of 12 years old. Although Michael had experimented with heroine and crack cocaine, he successfully obtained his cosmetology license and traveled around the globe. […]

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Monumental Loss Fuels Sobriety

Monumental Loss Fuels Sobriety

Tami grew up in Whitehall and struggled with anxiety throughout her childhood. She was prescribed Xanax when she was 15 years old to help alleviate the issue; however, she became addicted and sought out other drugs. She became addicted to opiates and benzodiazepines. Tami continued to abuse […]

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A Mother’s Fight for Sobriety

A Mother’s Fight for Sobriety

Every day, Emily wakes up with her daughters. She gets them ready for school, drops them off and then heads into work. After work, she picks up her daughters, makes dinner and helps them with their homework. For Emily, this is a great life. However, in 2014, […]

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Sally Finds Success in the Sunshine and an Active Life

Sally Finds Success in the Sunshine and an Active Life

Sally Shaffer lives a very active life, but it has taken her a while to manage living with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and major depression. Shaffer began to notice her symptoms when she was in her twenties, but said that her story began before her diagnosis and […]

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