MEET THE SUFFER OUT LOUD TEAM
CASSIE JACKSON - CO-FOUNDER
Suffer Out Loud has been an idea of Cassie's since she lost her sister to suicide in 2008. She felt very isolated in her grief. In reality, so many people have been affected by mental illness or has lost a loved one to suicide. The issue is no one is talking about it because there is such a strong stigma. She strongly believes that starting this difficult conversation can save lives. Read her story on our blog
KRISTINA TEASLEY - CO-FOUNDER
Kristina has a strong belief that having a community is essential to people struggling with mental illness. She was raised in Montana and has seen the effect of the stigma associated with mental illness her entire life. She jumped on the opportunity to be involved in Suffer Out Loud because she believes this organization can help to bring people together and end the isolation that so many people are faced with.
chad seely - board president
Chad grew up in Havre, MT. He was always interested in helping people and saw his opportunity to do that in Pharmacy. He attended University of Montana for 4 years at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy. While in school he nurtured his passion for helping others joining Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. He took up leadership roles up to the regional level holding the top office in the northwest region participating and leading many philanthropic projects. Having many family members and friends personally effected by suicide he is hoping to continue being able to help others by breaking down the stigma associated with mental illness and guide those in need to the resources available to them.
LORI JO BERG - SECRETARY
Lori Jo grew up on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Wolf point, MT and her time there helped fuel her passion for helping people - both physically and mentally. Lori Jo is grateful to be a part of the team at Suffer Out Loud and believes that together, a difference can be made. She stands behind their mission to reduce suicide rates in MT and looks forward to the journey. She resides in Bozeman with her husband, Trent, and two children Hazel and Violet.
STEPH GIBSON - Treasurer
Like many of us Steph has experienced seasons of joy and purpose as well as times of depression, isolation, and feelings of being a burden. She knows firsthand that being able to say “I’m not doing well” out loud can have the power to change a day. She joined the Suffer Out Loud movement to change the stigma and normalize conversation around depression, anxiety, mental illness and suicide.
Lindsey grew up in New Hampshire before moving to Montana shortly after college graduation. She has always had a passion for helping others and being there in times of need. Lindsey is thankful to be a part of Suffer Out Loud after experiencing family & friends struggle with mental health and asking for the help they deserve. Lindsey is passionate about pushing the conversation in the right direction and changing the stigma surrounding mental health and suicide.