Howdy! Thanks for reaching out. JJ here. It's important for me that you feel heard when facing your challenges. I am here to listen and support you as a peer. I was motivated to become a peer supporter because I struggled with suicidal ideation a majority of my life. I believed for most of my life that everyone moved through life in complete and utter depression, all the time. After completing treatment I learned that I could build a life worth living for myself, based on my own values, not those which were placed upon me by my family of origin and society. By defining these values for myself, I am able to get to know myself and even found that I like myself. Through this transformation and with the support of peers, I have learned to live a full and authentic life, meeting my own needs first. It is from this place of abundance that I am able to support others in their own journey of self discovery. I believe recovery is an ongoing process. I have attended treatment programs and continue being supported by my own team of awesomeness. I also live by the Mental Health Peer Specialist Code of Ethics for the State of Texas and the values of authenticity, honesty, mutuality, open-mindedness, respect, hope, resiliency, self-determination, and being trauma-informed. Let's do the work together to create your life worth living.