Who is Moms for Mental Health?

We are Moms for Mental Health – a team of women walking in wildness right alongside you…

Jennifer Magnano,
Founder; writer, author, doula, chronic illness warrior, special needs mom, perinatal anxiety & depression survivor

Maryann Clark
Co-founder; Arizona Pod leader, mother of 5, survivor, Filipino American community blogger and life coach

Lisa Starcher Co-founder; Arizona Pod leader, mom of 4 adult children with MH challenges; survivor, advocate and activist

Amy Brown
Virtual Pod Leader; wife, biological & adoptive mom of six, RAD & FASD parent, writer, mom mentor, Take Hearts Special Mom’s podcaster

Terri Sestina
Team Writer; neurodiverse mom, postpartum anxiety overcomer, writer on life-unfiltered, behavioral interventionist

Melissa Manion
Team Writer; homeschool mama, blogger, and wide-open-book with life experience including loss, addiction, and recovery

Nikki Thompson
Team Writer; mother, creative writing professor, anxiety thriver, blogger, and believer speaking life into real life, grief, and loss

Shanicka House
Team Writer; wife of worship artist Chris House & the spiritually transparent mother of two beautiful girls & two angel babies

We need Jesus to lighten the load too, dear one. We are survivors and thrivers, special needs parents, grieving and growing humans, and women who crave a judgement-free place & space to heal and grow.

How we began

Hi, I’m Jennifer. I am the mother of two miracles, and I have a pretty complicated life story. It began a few decades ago with unseen traumas. Traumas that manifested in my body and my mind – and showed up in my journey with perinatal depression and anxiety twice. Then in 2015 my daughter was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder that really flipped our life upside-down.

Propelled by my desire to be the best possible version of me in ridiculously hard spaces, I surrounded myself with a community of like hearts. Some on social media, some on ground, and many more in my Celebrate Recovery and 12-step groups.

There are a lot of us who are searching for the hands and heart of God in wilderness places and spaces, loves. In many churches, we’re slipping through the cracks… those of us on extra-challenging life paths. We cannot let one another slip through the cracks.

I’m forever thankful that it only took one text to two now-dear friends Maryann and Lisa (plus one email to our church) to find myself co-leading this group. The very community I needed… it came to life… and now, it gives life.

We are so glad you’re here!

Jennifer

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