David Kendrick, Jr
Veteran/Mental Health Advocate
I'm honored to speak throughout the region about the terrible toll post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental illness exacts on millions of veterans. In my case, it was a sniper attack in 2007 that left my legs shot to ribbons, my military career over, and my life in shambles. Little did I know, my biggest challenge lay ahead -- transitioning to civilian life.
After hitting bottom, becoming homeless, besieged by nightmares, paranoia, survivor's guilt, alcoholism, and utter hopelessness -- suicide became a viable solution. Thankfully, I received the help I needed to reclaim my life, earn a master's degree, and embarked on a meaningful speaking career.
Today, I share my harrowing story before veteran's groups, corporations, colleges, healthcare organizations, and military bases. It's my life's mission to advocate for those suffering in silence, feeling stigmatized, or who cannot help themselves. Veterans need to know, they're NOT alone...It's NOT their fault... And where to get HELP.
I would be proud to speak at your upcoming event. For scheduling or more information, please email Owner@dkendrickjr.com.
Mental Health Topics
Mental Health is my topic of choice when it comes to professional speaking. My experience stems from my various experiences in life: being a veteran, transitioning to civilian life, the challenges that African Americans face, battling suicide and much more.
Mental Illness is a topic that people shy away from. David talks about this topic for those who aren't comfortable talking about it. The "Lion" in Lion Speaking Agency is about making your voice heard and roaring your message until everyone hears it. That is the attention David wants to bring to mental illness.
20 - 22 veterans a day die from suicide according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. David has battled suicide and now dedicates his life to suicide prevention in the veteran community.
Mental Health First Aid
David cares about other veterans who suffer from mental illness. He is certified in Mental Health First Aid which gives him the tools necessary to assist someone experiencing a mental health emergency. Mental Health First Training gives David the tools to talk about recognizing symptoms and offering help to someone experiencing a mental health emergency.
After being injured in Iraq, I stayed in the hospital for three months. It was here that my addiction to opioids began. I speak about how opioid addiction starts, the reasoning behind addiction, and how opioid addiction impacts our mental and physical health.