Diana Cortez Yanez is an advocate, lived experience consultant and suicide attempt survivor. She has provided expertise to Facebook and the #ZeroSuicide health care movement. She is a graduate of a comprehensive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy program called ACES, developed by Dr. Kate Comtois . She is passionate about sharing her personal experience in hope of helping improve the interaction between healthcare providers and the individuals going through this traumatic experience.
DeQuincy Lezine, PhD, is a suicide attempt survivor who has been active in suicide prevention since 1996, including roles in the development of national and state suicide prevention plans. He serves as Chief Lived Experience Officer of NowMattersNow.org. He is also President & CEO of Prevention Communities, focusing on suicide prevention and mental health promotion.
Rick Strait is a mental health professional who uses his lived experience to try and help others who are struggling and to provide education to professionals and the community to reduce the prejudice that exist around mental health and suicide.
Iden was first diagnosed with depression in the third grade. He has lived with depression and suicidal thoughts for much of his life. Iden is a suicide attempt survivor and in 2011 lost his partner to suicide.
Leah Harris, M.A. is a mother, storyteller, and suicide attempt survivor who advocates for a paradigm shift in the way that we approach suicide prevention and care. She is passionate about “trauma-informed suicide prevention” and is a consultant and trainer in trauma-informed approaches to care across a variety of human service settings.
Annie Ost is a suicide attempt and suicide loss survivor. She is also a direct descendant of a Spokane tribe member. She believes that through hope and love we can all survive and thrive.
Ursula Whiteside is a suicide prevention researcher, co-developer of NowMattersNow.org, and one of the first psychologists to publicly disclose that she has experienced suicide ideation. She thinks that lots of people have suicidal thoughts and yet it does not define them – or limit what they can achieve #ZeroSuicide
Julie Richards is a suicide prevention, alcohol, and public health scientist who lost her mom to suicide in 2010. She regularly uses Now Matters Now strategies to build resilience, practice being present, and participate in life as much as possible. #MeansMatter
Greg Simon is a psychiatrist and suicide prevention researcher. He is too humble to tell most people that he has built the largest ever growing dataset on suicide and mental health treatment as leader of the Mental Health Research Network. Greg has a specific interest in activating consumers to expect and demand more effective mental health care. #MHRN #ZeroSuicide www.mhresearchnetwork.org
David D. Luxton is a suicide prevention researcher, clinical psychologist, and Chief Science Officer at NowMattersNow.org. He is a passionate advocate for people with mental health conditions and their family members.
Jaeden Siler is completing an undergraduate in criminal justice having survived homelessness and foster care growing up. Jaeden hopes to empower others and has experienced personally the harm done by a well-intending yet broken systems. #WayForward #LivedExp
Russ Ruiz is an IT worker and avid hobbyist who has considered suicide at times when he thought low of himself. Reminding himself of the pleasures he’s had as well as the ones that lay ahead pushed him through the depression he was in.
Charles Allen is a social worker, suicide attempt survivor, and a United States Veteran. Charles has lost his sister and fellow Veterans to suicide. Charles is passionate about reducing the stigma associated with mental illness and suicide. #WayForward
Kamal Ravikant is the author of Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It and Live Your Truth, two books that influenced the Now Matters Now project. At the worst of times, he has considered ending his own life. Above all, though, he believes his most transformative experience to be “the simple act of discovering and living my truth: loving myself. amazon.com/author/kamal #LoveYourself
Melissa Parson is a documentary filmmaker who filmed some and edited all of the videos for Now Matters Now. Melissa is an artist who has lived experience with depression. She is focused on reducing stigma and shame surrounding mental health issues so that people can reach out for help. #LivedExp
Beth Kirlin is a public health researcher and Seattle Storm fan. She has had times in her life when she has felt like giving up. Sharing her experiences with others has made her realize: 1. these thoughts are common and 2. we can all benefit from sharing how we make it through.
Joey Veltkamp is an artist and someone who has experienced depression and suicidal thoughts. He was skeptical at first that such simple things would have such profound results. Daily use of these skills slow let him slow his ‘monkey brain’ down and decide whether or not he wants to worry about things. joeyveltkamp.com
Anna-Brown Griswold is a doctoral student in clinical psychology in Seattle. She uses an integrative approach to psychotherapy grounded in attachment theory, mindfulness, emotion research, feminist therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. She has training in therapies that work with the long-term effects of childhood abuse and trauma, including schema therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy.
Andrew Paves is a doting fiance and dog dad, and MMA fighter (6 wins, 1 loss), and an almost psychologist whose research focuses on cultural and diversity factors in healthy behaviors. He implements practice of mindfulness and other strategies into his competition regimen, which he credits for much of his success.
Michelle Brown is a psychologist who practices along side her therapy dog, Lucille. She focuses on using DBT skills, especially mindfulness, to reduce the suffering related to chronic pain that she experiences.
Evette Ludman is a psychologist whose research is about harnessing people’s unique motivations for achieving a healthier life and supporting people to live their lives to the fullest in the face of illness. Evette does her best to practice what she preaches in terms of self-care, and is also grateful for her dog, especially on bad days.