Worth Living New England Launches
I am excited to announce that Worth Living New England will be led by Kim LaMontagne. New England includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts,Connecticut, and Rhode Island. We will be looking to establish WL Chapters in the cities, communities, and universities in those states.
Cat Davis, the Director of WL USA, will provide oversight and support.
I would like to introduce Kim to all of you.
Kim is a passionate mental health advocate dedicated to helping others. After suffering in silence for many years with anxiety, major depression, suicidal thoughts and alcoholism, Kim has devoted her life to helping others survive and thrive in the face of mental illness.
A consistent ‘top performer’ and winner of several Director’s and Peer Choice Awards within her organization, Kim suffered in silence in the workplace because of fear of stigma. Her performance never wavered, but inside she was broken, empty and ready to give in. On July 16, 2009, she decided to seek help for alcoholism, depression and anxiety, and that is where her story began.
Kim is now 9 years sober and healthy from depression and anxiety. She is a certified speaker in the “In Our Own Voice” program through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Hampshire chapter. The “In Our Own Voice” program allows individuals who are in the recovery stage of mental illness to share their story of dark days, acceptance, treatment, coping skills and successes hopes and dreams. The evidence-based program has been delivered to thousands of individuals across the country to share a personal story of someone living with mental illness to provide hope and inspiration.
Kim is also a support group facilitator through the National Alliance on Mental Illness and a certified teacher in the Family to Family program. The Family to Family program is a 12-week, evidence-based program that provides support and education for individuals who have a loved one living with mental illness.
She completed her MBA in 2017 at University of Roehampton in London. She collaborated with NAMI Massachusetts to conduct her capstone project where she analyzed the results of their CEO’s Against Stigma program. CEO’s Against Stigma is a program that was developed to end stigma in the workplace. Over 100 CEO’s in Massachusetts signed the pledge to end stigma in the workplace and start the conversation about bridging the gap to support employees suffering with mental illness.
Kim is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Business Immersion program a member of the National Speakers Association and is enrolled in the Brene Brown “Brave Leaders” certification program.
In her spare time, Kim volunteers at her local hospital by conducting NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations to patients to provide hope and inspiration. She also conducts presentations to nurses and employees to provide the patient perspective. She has delivered presentations to nursing student at Nashua Community College and St Anselm College as part of their curriculum that was focused on mental health. She also presented to 800 middle school children and their parents at the annual Step Up conference which focuses on communication, advocacy and self-esteem. The 2018 focus of the conference was support and education around mental illness.
She has been together with her boyfriend Pierre of 9 years who has constantly been there supporting her and cheering her on. She is a mother of a beautiful 25 year old daughter who is also in the helping field and is earning her Masters in Social Work. She works full time as a consultant, travels extensively in the US and lives in New Hampshire.
Kim’s goal is to share her story with as many individuals as possible to provide hope and to let individuals know they should not suffer alone.
Memberships and affiliations:
- 2016 – 2018 Member – National Association for Professional Women
- 2016 – 2018 Member – National Alliance of Mental Illness – New Hampshire Chapter
- 2016 – 2018 Member – National Speakers Association
- 2016 – 2018 Member – Women Inspiring Women – New Hampshire
You can reach Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org