Jamie Stone, a longtime valley local who lives in Edwards, shares her behavioral health story:
As part of SpeakUp ReachOut’s “This is My Brave,” I shared how I had “disappeared from the world” in 2010, taken down by a perfect storm of events that threw my brain back to previous events of repeated childhood trauma, of which I had no retrievable memory, nor any knowledge that those memories even existed deep in my amygdala, the part of our brain that thankfully takes over in times of overwhelming trauma.
That perfect storm of 2010 left me in a state of severe depression, as well as symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, including multiple daily flashbacks, and screaming nightmares. I never knew when they would take me down.
A whole new healing journey began, one that eventually brought me this year to Psilocybin Mushroom Assisted Therapy, which brought me even further, to my clearest and truest self.
For anyone wanting to learn more, Vail Health Behavioral Health, and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, will be doing research in the very near future. More information can also be found on MAPS.org, and clinical ClinicalTrials.gov.
Thank you to SpeakUp ReachOut for also providing the opportunity to locals Julie Kiddoo, Kyle Foster, and Emily Brudwick to share their brave and powerful stories of resilience and hope.