Point Pleasant United Methodist Church in Elk Grove, California will feature David Woods Bartley as guest preacher this Sunday, October 27, on the subject “Reconstructing a Life Divided into a Life United – How to Build and Maintain Mental Health after Hardship, Tragedy, or Trauma.”
Bartley is a TEDx Talk speaker whose personal story includes directing a nationally recognized nonprofit and battling a life-threatening mental illness. He tells it this way:
“On August 31, 2011, I was going to end my life by jumping off the 730-foot high Foresthill Bridge. The last day of August seven plus years ago was the day the monster known as clinical depression had finally convinced me of his lies; that I was weak, stupid, ugly and grotesque, useless, worthless, and an embarrassment and burden to those in my life. But I was saved, taken off a dark spot on a tall bridge, then to an emergency room and ultimately to a psychiatric hospital where I would be admitted as a patient and remain for 15 life altering days. As it turns out, the day I thought would be my last day alive was instead the first day of a new life …"
Currently, Bartley is a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the International Association for Youth Mental Health, the National Storytelling Network’s Healing Story Alliance, and Active Minds. He holds certifications in Mental Health First Aid for Adults and Youth, SafeTALK (Suicide Awareness for Everyone), and is a national trainer for the groundbreaking suicide prevention technique known as QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer).
His goal for each speech and workshop is the same: To shed light on the issue of mental illness, teach people how to leverage curiosity to overcome our fears, and use connection to create hope.
Judging by testimonials, he is successful: