SPOTLIGHT TUESDAY-IYESHA JENKINS

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

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We had the opportunity to sit down with the amazing, courageous woman of strength, Iyesha Jenkins. On the brink of suicide, Iyesha tells us how she fought back with the help of family and friends. She tells us how each day is a struggle and how she takes it one day at a time. I commend her for speaking out and revisiting the day, a year ago when she sat with a gun ready to kill herself.

It is important to get the conversation going and to keep it going. Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the US, 43.8 million, or 18.5% experiences mental illness in a given year. African Americans and Hispanics used mental health services at about one-half the rate of Caucasians in the past year and Asians at about one-third the rate.

HOW TO SEEK HELP:

NAMI
http://www.nami.org
http://www.naminorthsideatlanta.org
Helpline: 800-950-6264 (Monday-Friday 10a-6p)

Georgia Crisis and Access Line:
800-715-4225
http://www.mygcal.com

Peer Support “Warm Line”
888-945-1414

Iyesha welcomes you to reach out to her if you are experiencing the same the feelings.
Facebook: Iyesha Tykuru Kucera (TK Kucera)
Instagram: tk_kucera

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