Julie Ann Rocco is a suicide loss survivor and a suicide attempt survivor. Julie is also the Founder, President and CEO of What I Would Have Missed, Inc. where she seeks to create an international movement to prevent suicide and promote mental wellness by cultivating connections, community collaborations, and courageous conversations. She does this by creating unique conduits for suicide attempt and ideation survivors to share their stories and spark open dialogue about suicide and mental wellness. She is the podcast host of What I Would Have Missed and the creator and curator of the international What I Would Have Missed art exhibit. She is also the creator of The Life Line, an interactive activity of reflection and sharing grounded in our individual connections to suicide loss, suicide attempt and ideation, and anchors that help us stay. The Life Line becomes a piece of community art that produces an opportunity for continuous engagement and spontaneous conversations over the lifecycle of its installation. What I Would Have Missed, Inc. amplifies the power of lived experience by connecting our truth to a path that brings purpose to our pain. In our sharing, we encourage others to step into the expanded opening of love and acceptance which yields a reverberating echo of “You are not alone. I, too, know the struggle of trying to stay.” Julie still has dark days and acknowledges the journey of finding hope, healing, and happiness is not linear, but she has fully committed to a future she is not willing to miss. And, it is not lost on her, this bio in its entirety is a life she would have missed had she died by suicide.
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