First-ever 33 Forever Mental Health Awareness Birthday Walk Scheduled for May 22 in Downtown Mansfield
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 33 FOREVER MENTAL HEALTH BIRTHDAY WALK! May is the month of Dani’s 36th Birthday and the start of Mental Health Awareness Month. Since Dani is not physically with us to celebrate, we are doing it for her with our first- ever 33 Forever...
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33 Forever awarding trio of scholarships this spring - Mansfield News Journal MANSFIELD - The Mansfield-based mental health nonprofit 33 Forever Inc. will award three scholarships in the spring of 2021 for post-high school education to graduating seniors in Richland...
Dear Heck/Leedy Family, Some of you know me while others of you may not. I was friends with the Heck family growing up, and came to know of the Leedy family while attending Lexington High School. Please allow me to start my extending my long overdue, sincerest...
I have struggled and battled depression and anxiety since I was a teenager. I have reached a point in my life now that I finally feel safe to speak and tell my story. The purpose of this piece IS to draw attention – to draw attention and create awareness for an illness that affects many people around us. While some people do open up and tell their story, there are still many people who have sat in silence and will continue to sit in silence for a fear of judgement and a fear of being treated differently. A mental illness does not have a physical feature. It does not show on the outside of a person. Because of that, some people are really good at hiding the darkness they feel.
My name is Melinda and I have struggled with anxiety and depression most of my adult life. I have a similar past of medications, hospitalization and treatment. The fact that I am here today is because someone grabbed me from running into 4 lanes of traffic and because...
Episode 6 of “Sparking the Conversation,” Features Dr. Chelsi Day, Mental health expert and Ohio State sports psychologist
Episode 6 of “Sparking the Conversation,” featuring 33 Forever, Donna and Jeff welcomed Dr. Chelsi Day, Ohio State Sports Psychologist, and who also is a childhood friend of Dani Leedy, who discussed mental health issues related to college students.
Episode 7 of “Sparking the Conversation,” Features Mary Kay Pierce, NAMI Richland County Executive Director
Episode 7 of “Sparking the Conversation,” featuring 33 Forever, Donna and Jeff welcomed Mary Key Pierce, the Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Richland County, who also is a tireless mental health advocate.
Episode 9 of “Sparking the Conversation,” featured mental health counselor Amy Bush and Sara Bennett, 33 Forever Board Member, discussing peripartum mental health issues.
In episode 9 of “Sparking The Conversation,” Donna and Jeff welcomed 2 special guests – mental health counselor Amy Bush who shared the signs, symptoms and treatment for peripartum and postpartum mental health challenges, and Sara Bennett ￼shared her personal story and struggles with postpartum anxiety.
Episode 8 of “Sparking the Conversation,” Features Autumn Kessler, Miss Ohio Contestant and Mental Health Advocate
Episode 8 of “Sparking the Conversation,” featuring 33 Forever, Donna and Jeff welcomed Autumn Kessler, Miss Portsmouth and a Miss Ohio Contestant, and mental health advocate with her own story of overcoming and resilience and how she has channeled her own experience and uses her platform to make a difference for the mental health and wellness of young people.
Episode 5 of “Sparking the Conversation,” Features Educator and Suicide Survivor Pat Gordon With Her Story of Loss and Hope
Episode 5 of “Sparking the Conversation,” featuring 33 Forever, Donna and Jeff welcomed Pat Gordon, an educator and a suicide survivor who tells the story of her daughter, Cara, who lost a strugle with postpartum and peripartum depression in the immediate aftermath of the birth of Cara’s daughter. Pat’s and Cara’s story is heartbreaking but so critical to undersatnding how to see, identify and care for those battling depression and creating awareness of and attention to depression in pregnant women and new moms. T
Episode 4 of “Sparking the Conversation,” Features Joe Trolian, Executive Director of the Richland County (Ohio) Mental Health & Recovery Services Board
Episode 4 of “Sparking the Conversation,” featuring 33 Forever, Donna and Jeff welcomed Joe Trolian, the Executive Director of the Richland County (Ohio) Mental Health and Recovery Services Board to talk about the local landscape of mental health, the Board’s partnerships and some exciting things in store for the local community. This groundbreaking, one-of-a-kind weekly talk show program talks about mental health and creates awareness of mental health issues.
MANSFIELD – Jeff Heck looks at his work with 33 Forever Inc. as “kind of my therapy.”
“We’re trying to make something good out of something bad,” the Mansfield attorney said.
The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization was founded by the family and friends of Danielle Leedy, the daughter of Heck and wife Donna. She was described as a vibrant, strong professional young woman, who lost a long battle to chronic depression in February of 2019.
33 Forever was created to honor Dani’s life and to impact the lives of those affected by depression, anxiety and their related disorders, including suicidal thoughts.
Losing a child is an unimaginable pain for any parent.
But when Donna and Jeff Heck lost their daughter to suicide at age 33, they turned their pain into purpose.
We got a chance to chat with the couple about their non-profit 33 Forever.
33 Forever – The Legacy of Danielle Leedy – ImpactHealth, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Danielle “Dani” Leedy lit up every room she entered. Her dazzling smile, boisterous personality and infectious laugh drew people to her. From the time she was a teen, she went out of her way to help people in need – to the point of bringing in people off the streets to live with her family. She had a way of making people feel special, and exuded a confidence that matched her accomplished professional life. “A force” is how her stepfather Jeff Heck describes her.
Episode 3 of “Sparking the Conversation,” Features 33 Forever Friend, Taylor Youngpeter, And Her Own Story of Survival and Hope
Episode 3 of “Sparking the Conversation,” featuring 33 Forever, Donna and Jeff welcomed our new 33 Forever friend, Taylor Youngpeter to tell her special and inspiring story of her own stuggles and surviving and thriving. Taylor's story is one that many can relate to...
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