Jessie Clark
Board Member

Hello, my name is Jessie Clark. I am 24 years old and I live in Missoula, Montana. I have one dachshund named Sampson Jamal Clark. I’ve lived in Missoula for almost 6 years now, but I grew up and graduated high school in Livingston, Montana. I work as a Peer Supporter at Winds of Change, a Mental Health Center in Missoula. I have struggled with Anxiety and Depression for as long as I can remember, which eventually led me to get an official diagnosis. That diagnosis led me to recovery as well as to my passion for Peer Support. Most of my life, I could not put a name to these struggles. “Anxiety” and “Depression” were terms that I didn’t understand and only heard in movies and books. I was unaware of Mental Illness and knew little about it. Looking back now, I wish that Mental Health had been talked about more openly and that I’d had someone to explain to me what these things were and how to navigate them. Learning about my Mental Illness has been both painful and extremely rewarding. It taught me more about who I am as an individual, how I work and how to develop healthier coping mechanisms. It showed me that being in crisis is not the only option and that Recovery is possible. I am always learning that “Recovery” is a life-long journey that looks a little different for everyone. I utilize multiple forms of therapy, medication, yoga and meditation to stay healthy and grounded. I applied for the Board of Montana Peer Network because I want to be a part of the fight for better Mental Healthcare in Montana. I want to be a part of utilizing Peer Support wherever needed, including youth and families and de-stigmatizing Mental Illness.I have an interest in developing Peer Support for youth and families solely based on my own experience as a teen, but I’ve also been made aware of the severe lack of support for consumers in this area who experience severe trauma with little to no support. Not only has mental illness affected me, but many of my loved ones as well. I aim to make help and support easier to access for everyone, regardless of age, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation or any other personal characteristics that make someone HUMAN. We all deserve love and kindness. “Be who you needed when you were younger.”