Meet our Founder


Meet Jimm

One of the first things you might notice about Jimm when you meet him is like actress Mila Kunis, he has Sectoral Heterochromi.  Sectoral Heterochromi, which is found in about 1% of the population, is a rare condition in which a person has two different eye colors.  In Jimm’s case, his are hazel and green.  The second thing you’ll notice about Jimm is how humble and sincere he is.  Jimm won’t tell you he intended to launch a non-profit organization that has reached people across the globe.  He will only tell you that he simply wanted an opportunity to tell others, “You Matter To Me.”

Grounded with his personal experience of a suicide attempt at 18, followed by a Bipolar Disorder diagnosis at 28, Jimm’s shares with others his personal story and how he ultimately found hope in his perceived hopelessness.

On August 2, 2012, Jimm 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 hope for those struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide.

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 minute goes by that I’m not dedicated to my passion of helping others through UMTR2ME.”  Jimm knows the value and importance of self-care so he balances his dedication to UMTR2ME with physical activities like outrigger canoeing, kayaking, surfing, stand up paddle boarding, skateboarding, running, hiking and producing music.  Having played for several years, Jimm is a fan of rugby and enjoys watching Formula One racing with his wife.

You can read Jimm’s personal story and his passion for UMTR2ME by selecting the link below.
Jimm’s Full Story