Gabrielle Louise Mark (aka: “Elle”) is a recent college graduate from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with a B.S. in Public Health/Community Health Education. During her undergraduate degree, Elle spent a significant of time researching and performing health education programming about the topics of mental health, illness, stigma, and solutions.
Elle’s passion for promoting mental wellness stems from her personal experience with anxiety and depression. While she struggled in silence for quite sometime, Elle hopes that by sharing her story she can help others find help.
“Warrior, Not Worrier” was inspired by her “fight” against mental illness – specifically her anxiety. Elle firmly believes that a mental illness doesn’t make you weak. She believes that your mental illness has made you stronger than you ever thought possible because it taught you to fight – just like a “warrior”.
Since the unveiling of WNW on May 1st of 2018, Elle has raised over $1,100 to support local mental health initiatives and has spent countless hours advocating and educating others on what mental illness is. She now serves on her local steering committee for the Campaign to Change Direction and teaches people how to practice their “5 Healthy Habits of Emotional Well-Being”.
Elle says, “While I may not be able to speak for everyone who suffers with mental illness, I am able to speak to others and share my story in hopes they’ll find the courage they need to ask for help. Never forget, it’s okay to not be okay. It’s okay to ask for help. You are a fighter. You are a warrior.”