A Mom’s Personal Experience Leads to Community Activism
Kimberly Berry knows personally the difficulty in finding resources when a child struggles with mental health issues. Kimberly is the mom of two children with mental health diagnoses. Because of her personal experiences, Kimberly learned about the stigma, shame and confusion that surrounds mental health issues. She took action and is now an advocate and coach for mental health awareness, helping other parents in her community who struggle to find resources and solutions for kids with mental health issues. As part of her community outreach, Kimberly hosts a podcast focused on mental health resources, education of signs and symptoms, and support for families.
Because of her commitment to help community, Kimberly is the Producer of the Adolescent Mental Health Summit at this year’s Camas Wellness Festival October 13, and will take part in the festival’s closing panel ‘The Secret Life of Your Teen’.
“As a mom, when I started researching statistics on youth anxiety, depression and suicide, my passion and resource knowledge turned to advocacy so I could help parents and teens. That is when I became a Peer to Peer Parent Coach for those families needing help with mental health issues,” says Kimberly. “There are so many needs around mental health including financial resources, healthcare resources, education, and support.”
About Kimberly Berry
Kimberly Berry is the founder of Being UnNormal, a consulting and advocacy group that assists parents navigate the world of mental health through a peer support model. She is also the host of the podcast ‘Being UnNormal’ which explores issues within the mental health community with a specific emphasis on children’s mental health issues. She is the Content Producer of the Adolescent Mental Health Summit which takes place in Camas, Washington tackling tough subjects like suicide and depression.
Kimberly brings with her over 20 years of corporate, non-profit, and small business experience to the table. Additionally, Kimberly also founded Project Holiday Hope, which serves low income families in mental health crisis by providing gifts and basic needs support during the holiday season. Last year the project was able to provide over 200 gifts to families in Clark County which would of have not been able to celebrate Christmas otherwise.