Speaker and Philanthropist
About Julie Hersh
A motivational speaker as well as a philanthropist, Julie Hersh
supports the activities of the American Foundation for Suicide
Prevention and CONTACT, a Dallas, Texas-based crisis intervention
center. She has also served as a sponsor for events on behalf of the
Greater Dallas chapter of Mental Health America. A member of the Mental
Health America Advisory Board, Julie Hersh is a recipient of the
organization’s Altshuler Community Advocate Prism Award.
Much of Julie Hersh’s work in the mental health field stems from her experiences with clinical depression. Over the course of her illness, Hersh attempted to take her own life on three occasions. In 2001, she underwent electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) with dramatic results. After receiving ECT treatments again in 2007, she now successfully manages her illness through medication and carefully monitoring her depression symptoms. Hersh wrote about her experiences in the book Struck by Living: From Depression to Hope, and often presents talks on topics relating to depression and mental illness prevention.
Early in her career, Julie Hersh worked in a sales management position with a Silicon Valley firm. Prior to this, she earned her bachelor of business administration from the University of Notre Dame. She continues her involvement in the university as a member of its Undergraduate Advisory Experience Council and as an occasional speaker. University events at which she has spoken include the 2012 NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Project Hope Walk. She has also shared her story with University of Notre Dame students in a classroom setting, recently as a guest speaker at the seminar titled “Understanding Mental Illness: In Their Shoes,” held during spring term 2013.