Elizabeth Speaking at the May 8th Stand up and Speak out event at Alba Park for
Mental Health Awareness Month
I was raised in a dysfunctional household. My childhood was full of bad experiences including being bullied by my peers as well as other negative experiences which caused me to feel absolutely worthless. I was diagnosed with PTSD and General anxiety. On August 15, 2014 I met with Lezley Sanders, a sexual assault advocate and a board member of Compass House. That day she
took me to Jackson County Mental Health and then she drove me to Compass House.
I did not know anything about Compass House, but it turned out to be a lifesaver for me. The friends I made at Compass House are a family to me. Also I learned I am worthy of love and respect. In September of 2014 I received my food handler’s card through Compass House, and I have worked in the Culinary Unit as well as other areas of Compass House. I received a scholarship from Compass House to attend a Peer Support Specialist training at RCC. A few months later I was chosen as the first female recipient at Compass House to receive the WiLL scholarship to attend the Community Health Worker program at RCC.
I am grateful for the opportunity to be a WILL recipient. I learned a lot from the program at RCC. I also met my future husband in the class. We were married on September 12, 2015 and I have found true love. My partner is supporting my educational goals. I know Compass House will always be there for me as well. NAMI has recently awarded me a scholarship to assist me with my education. I am enrolled at RCC and plan on getting my nursing degree. Upon graduation, I plan on working as a psychiatric nurse.
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