Carrie Jo Diamond is a community organizer, social advocate, a Community Health Advocate for Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency and a graduate of California State University, Chico. She is the Executive Director of the NorCal OUTreach Project, a non-profit dedicated to building respect and services for Redding-area LGBTQ community members. She is also a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and lives with Post-Traumatic Stress, Bipolar and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
After returning home from war, Carrie Jo’s PTSD, Bipolar and OCD symptoms emerged and became severe enough that she started to isolate out of shame, fearing all anyone could see was her illness. But by receiving services from the local Veterans Affairs clinic, getting support from family and finding purpose in community activism, Carrie Jo has learned to manage her challenges and tells her story to many groups throughout the community.
Carrie Jo’s presentation can, depending on the audience, highlight the following topics: