Hillsboro woman takes mental health message nationwide
Born in Banks and now living in Hillsboro, professional speaker and personal development coach Jessi Beyer began to speak out about mental health at an early age.
Touring all around the country at mental health awareness events, Beyer remembers in high school when someone close to her attempted to end their life and how she wanted to support them and others like them in her future career.
"When that happened, it was a long, complex year of me being their confidante while also struggling with my own mental health," Beyer said. "This all culminated on calling the police to prevent their attempt, and that event, specifically, catapulted me where I am today. I really fought that for so long because I didn't want that to be a defining point for me, but once I realized my passions came out of that event, what I wanted to fix about society came out of it, too. This was a springboard and something I didn't want to repress."
Some of her presentations focus on mental health, something she believes many are uncomfortable talking about, Beyer said.
"When someone says they are struggling with their mental health, or just learned they have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, many do not want to talk about it," she said. "I'm happy to talk about it, and this is how we can effect change."
Beyer graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in psychology this past spring, but has been running her own business, Jessi Beyer International, since her freshman year in college.
Beyer, now 21, is touring around the country and speaking on webinars. She returned to the Northwest because she loves to call it her home, she said.
Growing up on five acres outside Banks, Beyer attended Forest Hills Lutheran Christian School in Blooming and Valley Catholic High School in Beaverton. Her family still lives in Washington County, she said.
"I loved being able to run around and climb up an apple tree," Beyer said. "It was a quintessential country childhood."
Her love and advocacy for animals started at a young age, from owning animals and spending time outdoors, she said.
"What got me involved working with animals on a professional level is I think there are a few things left in this world that are purely innocent, and when you have the opportunity to be loved and love an animal, you experience something so unconditional that you have to protect that," Beyer said.
Beyer owns a cat, Maggie, and a dog, Phoebe, and fostered animals in the past. When she isn't spending time with her pets, she is a women's self-defense instructor.
Beyer's future appearances can be accessed online. Her webinar "How To Make Simple Language Swaps To Skyrocket Your Success" alongside FairyGodBoss, a career site for women, is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 23. Other dates and programs created by Beyer can be found on her website.
Editor's note: A previous version of those story misattributed the courtesy photos that accompany it. The photos were provided courtesy of Jessi Beyer. The photo credits have been corrected.
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