Using the lessons she’s learned from the most difficult times of her life, Jenny creates an experience for her audience that goes well beyond simply sharing a story. She connects with her audience through her own transparency and sense of vulnerability to help them develop a better understanding for mental health and how to support it. Jenny’s need for understanding mental health began in 1999 after she lost her father to suicide. Determined to understand his death, she focused the remainder of her undergraduate studies on depression and how to heal after experiencing such a loss.
Jenny graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in psychology and went on to be a trained crisis counselor and public educator on suicide prevention. Still, she credits her life experiences as being the best teacher in helping her better understand mental health. In addition to losing her dad, Jenny became suicidal as a result of missing the signs that she was experiencing postpartum depression. In recent years, Jenny’s attention has been on understanding the mental health of her adolescent daughter and helping her to live a life she loves after nearly losing her to suicide.
With her career focused on raising awareness around mental health and suicide, Jenny has set herself apart by structuring her message around healing, love, and empowerment. Through using her personal lived-experience as the foundation of her work, her contributions to both the mental health and suicide prevention fields have made her well recognized throughout the United States and across the world. She is known for speaking clearly, safely, and with remarkable vulnerability while often highlighting what helped, what hurt, and what allows her to live a fulfilling life today. Jenny has a goal of reaching as many people as possible to normalize the conversations around our overall wellness and human health, and more importantly, to empower people to embrace their own personal life experiences and discover the strength, grit and grace that lies within.
Jenny is a certified trainer in Counseling Access to Lethal Means (CALM), a member of The American Association of Suicidology, and a member of the Minnesota Suicide Prevention Task Force.