Professional Speaker, At-Risk Youth Expert and Storyteller

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John never fit the mold for an at-risk kid: He grew up in an upper-middle-class family in an idyllic suburb, as the beloved son of two happily married parents. However, when John was a teenager, his father and his best friend both died suddenly, and these losses sent him spinning into a tornado of rage, grief, violence and alcohol abuse—a spiral which culminated in a suicide attempt. If not for the intervention of a concerned teacher, John may have stayed on his destructive path. John realized struggling with mental health doesn’t make someone weak, and survivors can transform the world. Anyone with the right guidance can chase a better life. In subsequent years John has done just that through sharing his stories and his message “Chase the Invisible.” John has helped people and communities overcome moments that have shaken them to their core.