My name is Jody, and I am the owner of Brave Wings Trauma and Crisis Informed Coaching. I work with both individuals and groups. I am a twice published author, and a freelance writer and editor, but above all, I am a survivor.

Life doesn’t always turn out how we had planned or hoped it would. We experience traumas, hurt and pain yet we have no option but to face it and carry on. I have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, Chronic Suicidal Ideation, Persistent Depressive Disorder and Anxiety. I have survived three suicide attempts and 14 years of sexual abuse. I have been fighting to survive since the day I was born. It is a life long war, but I am starting to win some of the battles along the way.

I do all I can to help myself move from just surviving, to perhaps thriving. I take meds, I go to therapy, I practice new thought processes, so perhaps one day they will become instinctual. I took a six month trauma informed coaching course, and a certified crisis text responder. I have taken CBT, and DBT and have spent years researching and learning about my illnesses.

After some intensive therapy, I decided to share my story online and was stunned by the responses I received. I thought I was alone, and that no one could possibly understand how I was feeling. I started with a brief introduction, and as the number of blogs increased, so did my confidence, and that encouraged me to share the most intimate details of my life. Being able to express my feelings with strangers actually feels like a weight lifted off my shoulders, and it helps me to know that my words could make someone feel less alone, and more understood.

Depression, anxiety and all other forms of mental illness are not things anyone would choose to live with. It’s exhausting to constantly be at war with yourself, and sometimes, it can take every last ounce of strength to just survive the day. However, you do survive. You hold onto anything, absolutely anything that can get you through the next few minutes, hours or days. You have a reserve of strength you don’t even know about that is brought forth when we are at the end of our ropes.

Don’t suffer alone. Don’t suffer in silence. Sharing your story may help you, and will definitely help others. That is the reason I started Coaching and Peer Support Groups, and my podcast. I want to make use of the knowledge I have learned because of all the traumas I went through. I provide a non-judgemental, empathetic and validating space for us to work through your traumas. I want to help educate the masses, which will hopefully help in breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health.

Please remember, no matter how alone you feel, there are so many others sharing the same types of feelings. You are never alone. Reach out to whomever you can. You are worthy of love and support, simply because you are you. You can contact me at jodybetty.com for Coaching and Peer Support, or for Freelance writing and editing.



6 thoughts on “About”

  1. Jody, I am a mental health advocate in Dubuque, IA. We are currently in a campaign blitz to eliminate suicide in our community and reduce the stigma that typically accompanies mental illness as a whole. I have battled and survived depression and anxiety for more than 50 years.
    The letter you wrote to give to people who are struggling. was spot on. I would like to include it as part of a toolkit that we are providing to our schools and businesses. Is this OK with you? Would you want us to adapt it in any way, or could we if we needed to? Let me know. Thanks for the wonderful work you are doing, and please let me know if there is anything I can do to support you. Thanks. Matt Zanger


    1. Hey Matt, sure you can use it. Will you be using my name? The only thing I ask is if you could throw a link back to my blog and to sicknotweak.com or #SickNotWeak.


      1. Hi Jody,
        I am JD. I just read your note about suicide on the Mighty which is what I think Matthew was talking about.
        I am a writer and thought the letter was beautiful.
        I would love to talk to you if that is possible.
        My email: julia.goldenberg@kingschoolct.org
        I go by JD
        thank you


  2. I just want to thank you for existing and leaving such a candid article on suicide and how it feels. If you have time to talk, I would be eternally grateful. If not, I understand that. Taking care of injured people can take a lot out of someone. I left an email in the spot where it tells you to ‘Fill in your details below’. Anyways, I hope you have a great year. Thanks again.


  3. Your aricle “If you don’t want to live anymore. .”, Made me feel a lot better than i was before i read it. I feel so alone but feel more fotunate than others in some ways so I feel weak for having such abandonment issues. It’s been very hard the past half a year from being homeless, living in a car for 3 months with my gf. I messed up a lot and even a chance to be working for a company I wanted to work at as a glass blower because of everything in my head. I feel no support from my gf even tho I understand I need to push harder in life but honestly my motivation is not there at all. We argue a lot and she says things to kill my confifdenfe and make me feel way low. It’s gotten to the point where I want to leave her real bad but I do love her alot. It’s annoying to try to make someone see something but when she’s angry she becomes very mean and doesn’t care what anyone says specially when she’s in the wrong, she becomes very immature but maybe I’m the dumb immature one for dealing with all this. She’s 22 and I’m 27, i understand the age gap but there are things we do connect specially sexually (sry if it’s too much info ). I just don’t want to focus on myself but what’s around me. My anxieties are bad and people fail to understand that, it’s like anxiety is a joke for people cause they don’t understand it..I just want to feel connected to something.


  4. Hey.. thank you. Not sure what else to say.. I’m at the end of my rope.. shoot I just at the least sprained my hand punching a wall earlier from being so mad at myself for almost giving in to that void that ever calls me closer to it’s sweet Melody… It’s hard… And I wouldn’t be here if not for you. I’ve googled “I want to die” and read your post on numerous occasions… So on behalf of my mom and dad as well as my dog and seven cats.. thank you. -Manic

    PS.. if you see this and have time I have left my email for you.. I’d appreciate it.. this has been a bad year and I could use someone to talk too..


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