Hey! It’s Danyelle. I am the Project Coordinator for Stand Together. I plan and facilitate the workshops and I coordinate everything that has to do with the project.
I graduated with my Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2009 and I went to grad school for a little bit, but it wasn’t the right time. I have over 8 years experience in all different kinds of social service professions. I’ve been a drug and alcohol counselor, preschool teacher, after-school program director, case manager, special education assistant, direct support professional, and behavioral health specialist! After all that, I’ve found my true calling: recovery specialist.
What does that even mean? So I get to do all sorts of things to help people in recovery. You already know I work with Stand Together to end the stigma associated with mental illness/substance use disorders in teens, but I also work in the community to educate society, advise policy, and promote recovery as a person with lived experience.
I myself have been significantly effected by MI/SUD. My family has a great history of mental health issues and I have a dual-diagnosis of borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder. I experience intense mood swings, unpredictable behaviors, and depression, that can manifest itself in anxiety and panic. I also have borderline personality disorder. This means that I have difficulty making and keeping relationships, behave impulsively, and experience feelings more intensely than most people. I also have issues with abandonment and low self-esteem. Obviously, these things had a major effect on my life until I started my journey into recovery.
I want you to know that there is always hope. Although I have mental illness, it doesn’t define me. Although it sneaks up on me, I don’t let it take over my life. I am living proof that recovery is possible. You don’t have to go through life alone. I am strong. I am brave. I matter. I am in charge of my own destiny.
In my free-time, I like to bike, play the piano, and spend time with animals. I have 2 cats, Symphony & Maximylia, and 2 bikes, Everest (mountain) and Emylia (touring). I love walruses and the Beatles and this summer I completed my first triathlon.