Dartmouth Events

Unbreakable: A personal battle with depression, substance use & perfectionism

Featuring guest speaker Jordan Burnham: Speaker. Advocate. Survivor. Jordan shares his personal story of struggling with depression, attempted suicide and his miraculous recovery.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Room 003, Rockefeller Center
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Clubs & Organizations, Lectures & Seminars

Jordan Burnham is a public speaker on discussing the mental health issues and disorders that affect so many of us. He tells his story of struggling with depression and having to go through high school hiding his internal battle. In high school, Jordan had everything to live for. He was popular, had good grades, and was a star athlete. But as the pressures mounted, Jordan attempted to take his own life during his senior year of high school. Jordan's miraculous survival propelled him to begin to deal with his depression and learn healthier coping mechanisms. 

Today, Jordan's 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. He has been featured in major Philadelphia print, Sports Illustrated, People Magazine, and USA Today. He’s appeared on local and national broadcast news, appeared on ESPN’s E:60 and Outside the Lines, CNN, Dr. Phil, Good Morning America, The Early Show and 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.

Jordan has been speaking on his story and mental health all over the country for over two years and has been inspiring to audiences of all ages. His brave and relatable presentation encourages students and informs them that talking about whatever they are going through is a sign of remarkable strength.

Jordan has won 2010 "Best of Philly" for work with mental health and speaking,Leadership Excellence Award in recognition of outstanding service to youth leadership development. Given to by The National Youth Leadership Forum, and 2012 Humanitarian Award from Nnamdi Asomugha and the Asomugha Foundation.

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The topics of the presentation may trigger different responses in individuals.
A Health Service counselor will be available on-site for counseling and support for audience members.

Active Minds is an international mental health awareness and advocacy student group. We're changing the conversation on mental health. Join us!


For more information, contact:
Active Minds at Dartmouth College

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