Emmy nominee Jordan Burnham will speak about suicide, depression, anxiety and substance abuse at 7 p.m. on April 3, 2013 in Hayden Auditorium.
The talk is made possible through a funded grant by the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation and in collaboration with the Active Minds Chapter at Hiram College and Counseling, Health and Disabilities Services.
Burnham was honored as one of the “2010 Best Of Philly” awards for his work with mental health and speaking. He has been featured in major Philadelphia print publications, Sports Illustrated, People Magazine and USA Today. He’s appeared on local and national broadcast news, on ESPN’s E:60 and Outside the Lines, CNN, Dr. Phil, Good Morning America and The Early Show, and he addressed a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill. He has been featured in three documentaries, including one titled No, Kidding Me Too!, which was directed by Emmy winning actor Joey Pantoliano.
Burnham will share his story of struggling with depression and hiding his internal pain during high school. In high school, he had everything to live for: He was popular, had good grades and was a star athlete. But as the pressures mounted, he attempted to take his own life during his senior year of high school. His miraculous survival propelled him to begin to deal with his depression and learn healthier coping mechanisms. Today, his physical body is still recovering, but he has found emotional wellness through counseling and a strong support system. His program educates students about depression, suicide, and coping mechanisms for young adults.
This event is open to the public.