As an experienced mental health nurse practitioner, John Lally has extensive knowledge of mental health and substance use disorder issues. Yet, when his son confronted the challenges of anxiety, depression, and addiction, John discovered the profound difficulty of navigating such struggles.
In this episode of Grieving Out Loud, John not only shares his difficult personal journey and what he wishes he would have done differently, but he also offers advice to parents going through similar struggles. Discover how he turned his pain into a mission to support others battling mental health issues and addiction.
Today I Matter in Washington D.C.
John Lally spent International Overdose Awareness Day at the White House with Angela Kennecke
John Lally at the White House for IOAD
John Lally with Dr. Rahul Gupta, the Director of National Drug Control Policy
John Lally, a retired Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from Ellington, CT, boasts 34 years of experience in treating mental illness and addictions. He’s a certified grief counselor and a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. As the Executive Director of Today I Matter, Inc., a nonprofit committed to erasing the stigma of mental illness through education and advocacy, he passionately drives this mission. John suffered the tragic loss of his son, Timothy, to a heroin overdose in January 2016, motivating his dedication to addiction awareness. He shares insights on addiction in his blog, “Addiction: Reports from the Front Lines.”
Angela Kennecke is a journalist who lost her 21-year-old daughter Emily to fentanyl poisoning on May 16, 2018. Angela is “grieving out loud” to try to put an end to this epidemic by stopping the stigma and promoting the treatment of substance use disorder as the disease it is. Anyone coping with loss and looking for inspiration can benefit from listening to this podcast.