Julie Hersh is President of the Hersh Foundation, an outspoken advocate for mental health awareness and author of the book Struck by Living: From Depression to Hope. Published in April of 2010, Struck by Living is already in reprint and was released in 2014 in Spanish as Decidí Vivir. Featured on Fox and Friends, PBS (KERA Think! with Krys Boyd), Dallas Morning News and numerous radio programs, Julie's goal is to provide a living example that mental illness is a manageable disease. She has conducted hundreds of talks since release of the book to a wide range of audiences. Mental Health America of Greater Dallas awarded her the Ruth Altschuler Prism Award in October 2010 for her advocacy in mental health.
Hersh revealed her story in her book to dispel myths about depression and to open the conversation about mental health. "Despite medical advances," Julie says, "too many people don't understand how to protect their brains from mental illness. Sleep, exercise, nutrition, stress management and social support systems are as critical to brain health as not smoking is to lung health." Often mental illness is left undetected or untreated, leaving millions to needlessly suffer. Hersh believes early intervention and good brain health habits can save lives. Her Struck by Living blog is featured on the Psychology Today website. Recently, Julie and her son Daniel were featured in a story for the Mental Health Channel.
After earning her BBA at the University of Notre Dame, Hersh worked in high-tech product development and marketing/sales in Silicon Valley. She "retired" from a lucrative sales management position after the birth of her first child. A long-time member of the Cooper Center, Hersh ran her first marathon at age 48. Julie is a board member of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Foundation, a member of the Undergraduate Advisory Experience Council at the University of Notre Dame, participant on the International Society of ECT and Neurostimulation Patient Advisory Council, and on the advisory board for the Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. A longtime supporter of the arts, Hersh is also the current Board Chairwoman for the Dallas Theater Center and a supporter of the Dallas Museum of Art. She lives with her family in Dallas, Texas.