Jessica R. Dreistadt
“Whole Happy and Healthy: A Revolutionary Approach to Understanding and Thriving with Mental Illness”
Jessica R. Dreistadt is a writer, scholar, and activist based in the Lehigh Valley. She is the author of 11 books about leadership, social change, and wellness. Jessica is the founding director of The Fruition Coalition and organizes the Women’s Creative Leadership Network which connects women from around the globe. She earned a master’s degree in Sociology from Lehigh University and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Eastern University. Jessica is currently a candidate for a Ph.D. in organizational leadership at Eastern University.
About " Whole Happy and Healthy: A Revolutionary Approach to Understanding and Thriving with Mental Illness"
“Mental illness is greatly misunderstood. It is distorted, feared, and hidden — often leading to shame, guilt, and exacerbated mental health symptoms. Whole Happy and Healthy: A Revolutionary Approach to Understanding and Thriving with Mental Illness” challenges this stigma and opens up new possibilities by exploring how people who experience mental illness can create a full, purposeful, and vibrant life by connecting with and continually expanding their perceptions — the intersection and interaction of emotions, intellect, intuition, and the senses — in twelve areas. Author Jessica R. Dreistadt reframes mental illness as a gift, rather than a deficit, to help readers discover and develop a holistic, integrative process that leads to more inner peace, emotional freedom, and joy. Whole Happy and Healthy changes the conversation about mental illness and emotional well-being, resulting in increased empathy, compassion, and resilience.