San Diegan shares her mental health journey, works to dispel stigma associated with mental illness
Local group offers free mental health fair
Last Updated: 196 days ago
SAN DIEGO - A San Diego woman is crediting her family, her therapy dog, Dolphin, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness for helping her get through her mental health challenges.
Julie Benn says she is in a good place, after spending years learning how to deal with her diagnosis of depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder.
“It’s a process and a journey rather than just a destination,” Benn said.
To help those such as Benn, NAMI sponsors a free resource fair with more than 70 vendors, with information from medical providers, to community based support groups, and even insurance companies. The last one was help in April.
Shannon Jaccard, with NAMI said, "We don't see it as an issue what we just hide. We bring it out so people can know they aren’t alone in this."
According to NAMI, Benn isn’t alone. The organization said in San Diego, there are about 750,000 people who are living with a mental health challenge.
To put that into perspective that’s enough to fill Qualcomm Stadium about 10 times.
Now, Benn has focused her attention on accepting her past, and looking forward to her future.
She has also added some special tattoos on the arm that she said she used to compulsively cut.
"Wanting to do something beautiful and cover my scars for it to mark my journey to recovery,” she said.
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