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"When we share our stories, what it does is it opens up our hearts for other people to share their stories. And it gives us a sense that we are not alone on this journey."

-Janine Shepherd

 Education Programs

We are Mental Health and Wellness Advocates

Hope for Life has Partners with leading mental health educators and agencies, employers and dedicated national organizations to help fulfill a common mission. 

Our organization brings mental health education, anti-bullying training, and communication and wellness workshops to communities in Iowa and Michigan.

Through our Education Programs, we help people:

- Recognize signs and signals of mental illness

- Compassionate Communication

- Learn how to build trust

- How to support your families and loved ones

- What it means to be a Mental Health Advocate

- Self-Care and Wellness Programs, and Toolkits

Diana teaches the following workshops and presentations to corporations, business communities, schools, universities, and organizations:

Essentials of Mental Health - Know the Signs

Learn how to tell the difference between what expected behaviors are and what might be the signs of a mental illness.

Compassionate Communication Workshop

People who learn and practice Compassionate Communication have found greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deepening connection, and conflict resolution.

Anti-Bullying Proven Solutions 

Diana teaches what she learned as a parent to help her child and family survive and overcome the consequences of being bullied, why people become bullies and the bystanders that help them. She offers a plan for implementing anti-bullying solutions for anyone in 

"The Anti-Bullying Presentation was very valuable for all participants. I felt the content was very applicable and easy to understand. 

It's a hard topic to discuss, but one that is absolutely crucial. Diana did a wonderful job setting the tone for the topic and creating a safe atmosphere for all participants to fully engage". 

- Rachel Wonderlich | Jefferson County Iowa State University Extension 

and OutreachCounty Youth Coordinator

 Hope and Recovery

"The Makeigs’ story is one of struggle, courage, and hard-won triumph. I believe anyone involved with school-age children would benefit from reading about this family’s determination to develop a plan that would enable Demitri to emerge as the confident, talented, 

and loving young man that he is.”

~ Jean Gaede,

Instructor at Interlochen Center for the Performing Arts

Hello, I'm Diana and founder and executive director of our Hope for Life Organization

I was motivated to mental health advocacy in the aftermath of a tragic bullying incident involving

my son, then 11 years of age.

The trauma he experienced escalated to severe depression and caused a brain chemistry imbalance 

resulting in visual and auditory hallucinations and he was suicidal.

Now 21 years of age, he is in recovery and is achieving academic success in college, and living independently.

I was lead to advocacy and founded Hope for Life in the spring of 2016 with the goal of giving families and individuals the education and tools needed to understand, cope and recover from mental health disorders of all kinds.

No-one needs to suffer alone, without support or hope.


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