Although UMTR2ME officially launched in August of 2012, the groundwork began much earlier, in April 1969, when Jimm Greer was born in San Antonio, TX. Growing up in Texas, Jimm spent much of his childhood struggling to understand why he felt sad and alone, fighting drastic mood swings much of the time. In addition to his feelings of sadness, Jimm also struggled with learning difficulties in school. As years passed, the mood swings worsened and the failures seemed to multiply. On March 23, 1988, a senior in high school, Jimm attempted to take his life by suicide.
Ten years after his attempt at suicide and at the age 28, Jimm was hospitalized and clinically diagnosed with Manic-Depressive Disorder, now referred to as Bipolar Disorder 2, ADHD, OCD and as he often says, “a few other mental gems.” With education, medication, and counseling, Jimm was able to exist alongside his diagnosis. The medications made the instability of his mood swings manageable. He eventually moved to San Diego in 2007 with his wife Yvonne, and continued to make significant improvements and lifestyle changes. With his faith in God and the support of Yvonne, he was able to manage his mental illness without the use of medications. Jimm had never been hesitant to openly share his struggles with mental illness or talk about his attempt at suicide. He often thought to himself, how good it felt to be beyond those years of feeling such pain and brokenness. He remembered and knew intimately of the hopeless reality a person struggling with mental illness experiences, and why they often have thoughts of suicide. But, he also knew it was possible to find hope in the midst of one’s own hopelessness. With the support of God, family, and friends, Jimm successfully conquered his most desperate challenges of mental illness. In the end, Jimm recognized a value, a goodness, hidden within his darkest experiences.
With a new perspective, Jimm realized he had a choice to make. It was a choice that would change his future and possibly the lives of others. He could continue celebrating his own personal successes, or he could use his experience and help others who were trying to find a way out of their own depression, and to find their own unique purpose in life.
Without hesitation, his purpose was clear. He made a commitment to return to the familiar darkness he had spent so many years running from. This time, waiting ahead of him, was an opportunity! Now armed with a passion for helping others, he offers a light for those still suffering. Jimm simply wants the opportunity to say, “You Matter To Me.”
Jimm lives in southern California with his wife of 21 years and enjoys managing his mental wellness through healthy lifestyle choices, physical activities, and active self-advocacy. Jimm will tell you “not a single day goes by that I’m not dedicated to my passion that has become UMTR2ME,” but when he can he tries to enjoy activities such as outrigger canoeing, kayaking, surfing, stand up paddle boarding, skateboarding, running, hiking and producing music. Having played for several years Jimm is also a fan of rugby and Formula One auto racing.
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