About Danei Edelen

My name is Danei Edelen. I am a wife, mother, founder of NAMI Brown County, and 2020 Ohio News Media Hooper Award winner for my original column related to mental health. I am just a thoroughly midwestern woman living in the heartland of this country.

“You’ve seen a side of mental health and wellness that few have seen-and you have the skills, passion, and ability to teach others what it’s like. How are things going to change otherwise?” a friend said to me recently. I want to empower people with a mental illness to choose life daily, live a vibrant and productive life.

I am the first mental health warrior pioneer baker blazing a trail for others.

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Prayer saved my life in psychosis

Due to COVID, we have all wrested with depression or mental illness in some form or fashion. If not ourselves, we are seeing it in the lives of our children. The first thing we need to do is change the narrative. People who wrestle with their mental health need to be destigmatized. They are not weak. They are mental health warriors.

COVID has changed our lives forever. From this day forward we all need to be conscious of our mental health. People who battle for their mental health are heroes. After all that I have lived through, I crafted this mental health warrior prayer. God grant me:

• Courage to face the unknown.

• Creativity to view my challenges from an alternate perspective.

• Faith to believe in Your profound love for me.

• Wisdom to walk in Your truth.

I am just a thoroughly Midwestern mother living in the heartland of America. But I know this when I tell my story, people have the confidence to ask for help. I am launching a movement to bust mental illness stigma and help people like me choose Life daily! Choosing life daily requires courage, creativity, faith, and wisdom. You are not weak; you are a mental health warrior!

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