Welcome to Voices of Courage, a series in which we share inspiring stories of mental health advocates from all walks of life. Through these stories, we hope to increase awareness of mental health issues and provide a platform for those advocating for mental health. We also hope to provide resources for those struggling and inspire others to become advocates. Thank you for joining us!
Today, Amend Treatment is happy to introduce Christopher Lang Sr., Personal Trainer/Exercise Physiologist.
Thank you so much for being a part of our series. To begin, can you please tell us a bit about what inspired you to speak out about mental health?
My personal experience of losing my mother to apparent suicide. She struggled severely with bipolar disorder. It greatly impacted so many close to her. Also, the stigma surrounding mental health in certain communities. My family kept her struggle quiet until just before her passing. I feel that it is important to speak out and help in any way we can.
I am proud of the many connections I’ve formed and the positive impact I have made on others. Being one of many resources to others and helping them use exercise as an outlet is meaningful to me and the work I do.
What challenges have you faced while advocating for mental health and how have you overcome them?
One challenge that I face is questioning whether I am making the most meaningful impact that I can on others daily. This helps me look for ways to make deeper connections with each opportunity.
What’s the one message you’d like people to take away from your work?
My message to others is that positivity and resilience can be cultivated and practiced in any given situation. We must thrive in the face of adversity, although it may be greatly challenging at times.
What advice would you give to others looking to get involved?
If your “why” is significant, you will always remember the reason you are interested in helping others. Think deeply about the impact you will make on others.
If you or someone you know has a story to share, please email [email protected].