If you would’ve asked me three years ago if I’d ever start my own business, I would have laughed in utter disbelief. Three years ago I barely felt like living. I was so depressed and suicidal. I was embarrassed about my illness, and I didn’t wish to seek help, but after a while, I got tired of being down and out. I grew tired of depression beating me down, so I decided to get help for myself. I’ve been in recovery since 2015.
In that time I became a mental health advocate, self-help book author of “A Fight Worth Finishing,” and I write blog pieces about mental health for major media websites. I have become passionate about helping those who are still ashamed of their illness and feel like they don’t have a voice.
I’m taking my efforts further by launching a business dedicated to helping the lives of those battling depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. The name of my business is “Keep Fighting Life Coaching.” I want to be an affordable mental health resource for the people in a field still lacking health care.
I decided to name my business “Keep Fighting Life Coaching” because depression is truly a battle, a hard, long, ongoing battle. Many get tired and feel defeated during this battle. I’m starting “Keep Fighting Life Coaching” to help people to keep fighting.
What is a depression life coach?
The job of a life coach is to stand on the sidelines of their clients’ lives and offer support, encouragement, guidance, information, and assessment. A life coach who also offers depression coaching can provide plenty of help for clients who are experiencing sadness or temporary bouts of depression, grief, or loss.
They provide a safe place for clients to speak about their grief, loss, or potential causes of their depression. They provide friendly, supportive sessions with someone who will listen, give feedback, and offer informed suggestions for improvement and enhancement. They help clients clarify and define those areas of life that need improvement and help contribute to finding recovery.
A depression life coach also helps take the client out of their past and has them analyze their present and look forward to their future.
I want to help others realize that while depression doesn’t have a cure, recovery and a better life is still possible. Your depression may be a battle, but I want to help you fight it.
To learn more about “Keep Fighting Life Coaching” you can visit my website. Coaching slots will be opening starting in April. You can start emailing now to inquire about reserving a spot.
If you need support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.
Jasmin Pierre is a mental health activist, motivational speaker, and author of “A Fight Worth Finishing.” She is from New Orleans. Jasmin is constantly fighting for the rights of those with depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. She is a future life coach and aspires to continue writing, speaking, and encouraging others to never give up.
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