About the Author

Desiree Woodland

Desiree Woodland and her husband Gary live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ryan will always live in their hearts, while their daughter and amazing son-in-law live in Portland, Oregon, with two grand dogs. Retired after seventeen years of teaching, she continues to tutor students and pursue education in the grief and loss field. This is sacred work that honors Ryan. She also uses every opportunity to speak up about the stigma of mental illness and suicide, and supports the Albuquerque- NAMI and Survivors of Suicide groups.

Desiree has recently written an article entitled "Walking Towards Home", and would love to share it with you. Feel free to download a copy of this article. Please note: all content © Desiree Woodland. If you would like to re-publish any portion of this article, please contact Desiree for permission.


News & Notes

When The Mask Comes Off

This short, 17 minute film made by Generation Justice tells the story of six New Mexican teens living with mental illness- they speak out in order to break the silence about brain illnesses. The Breaking the Silence curriculum was used as a way to help youth tell their stories.There is also a discussion guide on this website that could be used in classrooms. Learn More>

Breaking the Silence Expands!

The Breaking the Silence team is expanding its numbers of trained faciliators (including trained youth) thanks to generous grants from NM Children's Foundation, NM Dept. of Health, and NM Family Network! We continue to make presentations to schools, PTAs, and other organizations. To find out more about Breaking the Silence NM visit mindsinterrupted.com or email Breaking The Silence.

Grant Awarded

Desiree is proud to announce that the Compassionate Touch Network was recently awarded a grant from the New Mexico Children's Foundation. The mission of the NMCF is to support small programs state-wide that serve the physical, mental, educational and social needs of children and their families. The Foundation gives grants to non-profits with budgets less than $300,000 that provide services to children and families.