Journeys that lead mental health advocates to the cause

LindaThose willing to speak publicly and advocate passionately for mental health often have personal journeys that lead them to that place.

Linda Rinehart is a powerful example.

After being diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder at the age of 24, Linda faced an uncertain future. Forced into medical retirement when many of us are taking our careers to the next level, she entered a very dark time of depression.

Eventually, Linda accepted her diagnosis and turned a life-saving corner – not just for herself, but for so many others who find hope and inspiration through her journey, her incredible strength, and her decision to use her personal struggle as a beacon for others.

Today, far from the dark times of her early diagnosis, she frequently serves as a speaker for “In Our Own Voice,” a nationally acclaimed educational program sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness to help the public understand the realities of living with mental illness. She is also a freelance writer who specializes in articles regarding mental health. She now lives with her partner, Dori, in the metro Denver area. Recently, she was recognized by Mental Health Colorado for her outstanding advocacy work.