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Jeannine Rivers
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Mental Wellbeing Expert | Suicide Prevention Educator

Do you feel invisible, unheard, and disconnected? If so, I understand.

There was a day when I realized I was not alone and thought I could handle anything life threw my way. Like many, I prided myself on my resilience and strength. But this belief led me into deep despair. I felt insignificant and overwhelmed. I wanted the emotional pain I was suffering to end. 

Suddenly, I experienced a flicker of something I hadn’t truly felt in years—faith. It was tiny, almost imperceptible, like a mustard seed, yet it was there, steadfast. This experience taught me an invaluable lesson: hope and faith are deeply intertwined, each sustaining and reinforcing the other.

This journey through despair wasn’t the end; it was a new beginning. It changed everything for me, shifting my perspective and guiding me towards a life dedicated to fostering hope and healing in others.

  

Being a survivor can be a complex journey filled with challenges and triumphs. Yet, each day presents an opportunity for healing, growth, and rediscovering the value of life despite the lingering scars; many survivors emerge with a newfound appreciation for life. 

Remember, HOPE has a way of beautifully transforming the lives of all who embrace it. It's more than just a feeling; it's a powerful force that propels us forward, even through the darkest times. Let this be a reminder to you, no matter where you are on your journey, that embracing hope can illuminate the darkest paths and lead to profound personal transformations.

 

Let hope be your anchor in the storm and the beacon guiding your way forward. And if you ever find it hard to hold onto hope, remember you’re not alone.

 

Reach out, share your struggles, and let us journey together in the light of hope."

How Can I Serve You?

i AM A LIVED EXPERIENCE EXPERT

We are experts by experience—people who have lived with mental health conditions, faced suicidal thoughts, and overcome trauma. Our knowledge comes not from textbooks but from the very fabric of our lives, woven through our experiences, struggles, and triumphs.

Our expertise is as critical as academic credentials. It's crucial that we are recognized as key contributors in the field of mental health. Our voices should not only be heard but also be integral in shaping policies, creating programs, and delivering services. This inclusivity isn't just beneficial—it's necessary for truly comprehensive mental health support systems.

Together, as partners, we can bridge the gap between clinical approaches and real-world experiences.  Our collaboration can foster a more holistic, compassionate, and effective approach to mental health care.


 

  • ​Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

  • Mental Health of America Wisconsin

PARTNERSHIPS 

 

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  • Licensed Mental Health Coach

  • Emotional CPR Practitioner

  • QPR Gatekeeper 

  • Alternatives to Suicide Facilitator

  • Suicide Prevention Group Facilitator

  • Espeakers Virtual Presenter

CERTIFICATIONS

Proclamation 
of Achievement

Congress Woman Gwen Moore and Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marcielia Nicolson presented Jeannine Rivers Colburn with a Proclamation recognizing her dedication  to partnering with organizations like: Prevent Suicide Wisconsin, Mental Health Wisconsin, and the American Foundation for Suicide. 

Jeannine was given accolades for her tireless efforts to raise awareness, provide support, and promote mental well-being within our community.

 

Congress Woman Gwen Moore stated the following:

 

"I thank you for all you have done to benefit our community. You have touched the lives of many over the years; may you continue to be a blessing to those who know and love you."

 

Congratulations Jeannine, job well done.

Man gives you the award but God gives you the reward.
  -Denzel Washington

 

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Hearing a Close Call
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What  People  are  Saying

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“Keeping a journal is not something I looked at seriously. I thought it was silly. This workshop was a reminder that emptying your mind allows your creativity to flow."

— CAROL F.

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“The energy and positive ideas pushed me to the next level of confidence and success! I am  looking forward to working more with Jeannine in the future to learn more tips for success!”

 

— CAROL F.

Fists in Solidarity

"Jeannine’s stories, especially about challenging fear, have stayed with me since I finished her book...There are lots of great, achievable suggestions for improving confidence..."

 

-Jodie L

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