I am Janiecia Hill, but most people call me Jay. I am a mental health advocate based in Saint Louis, Missouri, and my passion lies in helping and serving others. Although I was born in Northern Louisiana, I was raised in Southern California, where I discovered my purpose in life at an early age. I began volunteering in my community by feeding the homeless, helping the elderly, and volunteering for extracurricular activities.

As with many people, I have experienced childhood trauma and abuse, which opened my heart to a bigger world of helping others heal. After high school, I was offered a position at a local family center as a Youth Program Leader, where I focused on treating and preventing child abuse and trauma, educating families, and preventing violence within the family, school, and community. I then transitioned into doing respite care for adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Currently, I am pursuing my Master’s in Social Work from Walden University. I am proud to have helped start a non-profit organization to feed the homeless, tutored for local schools, and have been a part of Red Cross and FEMA frontline efforts.

 

As a mental health professional, I feel honored to execute treatment plans and support individuals’ healing. I have worked with people of all ages, battling eating disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, self-harm, and more. Setting healthy boundaries has been the foundation of my work, while also giving what is needed, including empathy, emotional/physical support, building healthy routines, recognizing triggers, and more.

My ultimate goal is to provide continuing and comprehensive mental and behavioral health care for individuals and families, while aiming to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and addictions.

My journey has not been easy, but it has been worth it. I encourage others to continue challenging themselves daily, promising them that it will be worth it in the end. I look forward to supporting others on their journey of healing.