Jolene Cannady

By March 7, 2014Author

Jolene Cannady is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and nurse practitioner who specializes in care of veterans and long term care patients. She is a survivor of severe depression and PTSD. Her spare time is spent hanging out with her husband and two children, working as a registered nurse, going to school to become a nurse practitioner, running, writing, and speaking about her journey to help end stigma.

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Why do I blog?
As a way to reach out to people and help, share my stories, and help end the stigma that surrounds mental health issues.

I found BC2M…
…when I was looking for foundations that raise mental health awareness. Glenn and her sister intrigued me, and the stories they shared really hit home. I instantly wanted to help them with the cause.

What Stigma Means to Me:
To me stigma means lack of understanding and knowledge. Most often people fear and make fun of the things they do not understand. That is why education is so important when it comes to mental health awareness.

The Way I Find Wellness:
Through running, writing, my career, and time with my family. Each of these has been present in my life through the good and the bad, and they all hold a special spot in my heart.

If I Had a Magic Wand:
I would bring peace to the world. A world where people would take the time to learn about one another and allow each individual to live as they choose without judgment.

My Pick-Me-Up Song:
Right now it is “Elastic Heart” by Sia.

Favorite (Mental Health) Book:
Right now it is Wild. There is something about that story and the journey she takes that wins my heart.

If I were a superhero, I would be / have powers to…
…I am a comic book geek so this is something I think about from time to time. Not so much a super hero, but I would be Dr. Who so I could have a Tardis and travel and learn about everything.

Words to Live By:
“You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.”  – Leo Aikman