Today we meet another one of our Denver mental health storytellers, Jeromy Case!
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Jeromy and I live in Pueblo Colorado with my son and fiancé. My passion has always been art. Art has been my #1 coping skill. Now that I am older and have more responsibilities I don’t draw as much as I used to. However Art is a passion I will always have. I’m a huge comic book fan. The X-Men are my all-time favorite group and Gambit is my favorite character.
How has mental illness affected your life?
Mental illness was one of those things I didn’t really understand and then when I did I was too proud to admit that I had it. I have had my fair share of blows in my life, accepting that I was gay having grown up in the 1990-2000, a failed marriage and losing my son that failure as well as a few more. After I let go of my pride I started to accept that I had depression and I am still working on that depression to this day.
Why did you want to be a part of This Is My Brave?
I originally auditioned out of support for a friend who was auditioning. But after hearing a more detailed version of my friend’s story and seeing the responses I received when I auditioned, I realized that by standing up on a stage sharing my story then I might inspire someone else to do the same. Working as a Peer Support Specialist I see the value in showing people that there is nothing wrong to have a mental Illness. And that it makes you no less of a person. Me sharing my story only shows that more.
What inspires you to stay mentally healthy?
First and foremost my son, at the age of 13 he has already been abandoned before I finally got him home. I want him to see strength in overcoming mental illness.
What do you hope the audience takes away from the show?
I want everyone to see that we all have our own story. We have all dealt with the difficulties of life in our own way. I hope to show someone that I might have gone through something similar, or I hope to inspire someone to stand up and share their story as well.