@JessicaGimeno

Patient Leader

Jessica Gimeno is a speaker, writer, & activist whose TEDx Talk, "How To Get Stuff Done When You Are Depressed," has 1.8 million views. Healthline named her Talk 'One of the Best Depression Videos of the Year' for two consecutive years. She launched her blog Fashionably ill ® in 2012, which is about surviving pain with style & humor. She also has a YouTube channel. Jessica sometimes visits readers in the hospital who have cancer and autoimmune illnesses and gives them makeovers. Jessica has been featured in NBC News, BuzzFeed, everyday HEALTH, MSNBC, and the White House's mental health blog. Jessica was featured in the White House's video campaign, "Stories of Hope & Recovery." For four years, she was a contributor to HuffPost and a panelist on HuffPost Live. Jessica is the Communications Director of the Healthcare Rights Coalition & an appointed member of Protect Our Care Illinois's Steering Committee. On a state-wide level and national level, she fights to save essential programs like Medicaid and fights for disability rights. Jessica was first motivated to get into advocacy after a friend's suicide that happened when she was 18-years old. The suicide prompted her to seek help for own recurring depression and Jessica was diagnosed with bipolar 2. In addition to bipolar, she has 4 other chronic illnesses: myasthenia gravis (for which she uses a cane), endometriosis, psoriasis, & asthma. Having worked in nonprofit, Jessica is passionate about helping people survive chronic pain and mood disorders. Since 2014, Jessica has been working with Rutgers University on their project HYPE, Helping Youth on the Path to Employment, whose goal is to help young adults with severe mental illness find meaningful employment. Previously, Jessica worked for the Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation where she won 2nd Prize in the National Council of Community Behavioral Healthcare's Awards of Excellence. Jessica won Health Activist Hero in the 5th Annual WEGO Health Awards.

Location

Des Plaines, IL

Nominations

Best in Show: Blog

Jessica runs a blog called Fashionably Ill and has run this blog for several years. It’s targeted not just to those with bipolar but several other autoimmune diseases that she battles everyday. She lets us know that despite the invisible illnesses or even the visible ones, we can still do things to make ourselves look good and feel good and boost our self esteem. Jessica does an amazing job and is an amazing advocate friend of mine and she not only advocates on her blog, but is a friend to others with mental illness outside the blog and can always be counted on for support when you need it!  — Christina

I've known Jessica for years and don't know anyone who suffers more on a daily basis from five chronic diseases. She doesn't complain despite countless setbacks in her health for several years. She always gets back up, goes out of her way to raise awareness about many chronic diseases that affect so many people, deserves massive respect for that.  — Edwin

Past Awards Participation

Fifth Annual Health Activist Awards

Nominations

Best in Show: Blog Best in Show: Facebook

Winner

Health Activist Hero

Third Annual Health Activist Awards

Finalist

Health Activist Hero Best in Show: Blog

Fourth Annual Health Activist Awards

Nominations

Best in Show: Facebook Best in Show: Blog

Finalist

Hilarious Health Activist Health Activist Hero

Sixth Annual WEGO Health Awards

Nominations

Healthcare Collaborator: Patient Patient Leader Hero
@JessicaGimeno

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