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Author & American athlete Jeremy C. Holm has spent over half his life in the fast-paced winter sport of bobsled, including as the Head Coach for the US Adaptive Bobsled Team. He has a degree in Journalism and is pursuing a degree in Military History at the American Military University. In addition to motivational speaking and corporate appearances around the world, Jeremy is the author of three books and spends his time camping, hiking, writing and trying to make history, one day at a time.
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Whether in our relationships, careers, hobbies or just our day-to-day tasks, we want to enjoy the best that life has to offer. How do we create those gold medal moments? How do we discover peace and confidence and what truly makes us happy? We live the 12-winning principles of The Champion's Way. Learn the secrets and life-changing principles that can help every one of us live as a champion in all aspects of our lives.
Racing down an icy track at 80 miles per hour leads you to think of many things. For Jeremy C. Holm, it made him think of God. In Fire and Ice, Holm shares his experiences as a bobsled pilot and coach, presenting a message of faith and personal courage that will inspire you to come closer to Jesus Christ and reach for that ultimate prize of eternal life.
Over the past few our hearts have been saddened by the tragic loss of Robin Williams, an incredibly strong and brave soul whose ability to make us laugh endeared him to each and every one of us.
Having spent over half my lifetime living with, investigating, battling, treating and overcoming my own struggles with mental illness in the form of anxiety and depression, I can perhaps better understand what Mr. Williams went through during his impactful life. And as we all remember his wonderful, yet adversity-filled life, some may wonder...how do I help the other Robin Williamses around me? How do I help my spouse, sibling, parent, neighbor, friend, coworker, teammate, etc.?
Here are five ways that you can help that person in your life. While I do not profess to be an expert, these come from personal experience from dear friends, teammates, girlfriends, siblings, counselors and religious leaders who have reached out when I needed help the most.
1. Be Compassionate:
In this world of Facebook statuses, selfies and this-is-my-life social outlets, most people are almost loath to open up about their everyday struggles. Now, add that societal pressure to the far too common stigma surrounding mental illness and you can see why many who struggle with mental illness hide their problems, especially men.
If you have someone in your life who you think is struggling, open your heart and be compassionate enough to ask. Oftentimes those who struggle the most put on a brave face, or in Robin Williams' case laugh the loudest. But that doesn't mean they aren't silently hoping that someone will come to their rescue and help them carry the load. So ask. And keep asking until the truth comes out. "I'm ok" is not an answer you should be satisfied with.
Also, when someone is feeling like they are in a dark place, your love may have to be the light that shows them the way. Yes, someone who is feeling anxious or depressed may not be the chipper life of the party, but they still have infinite value and worth and deserve respect, love and support. Hug them. Hold them. Write them an encouraging note. Make them cookies. Go with them to a support group. Whatever comes to mind, do it. At the most basic level, depression is a thief in the night who steals your loved one's ability to feel, love and enjoy life. So at whatever level you can, shower them with love and support.
"How can we help you today, sir?"
"I don't know....I'm just not sure I want to live anymore."
When the ER nurse asked what I was there for that day in my past, I hardly knew what to say. I didn't want to die; I just didn't want to live. This life can be fleeting and with our technology-focused modern society, every day seems to fly by even faster. But when you are contemplating ending your life, well...time enters weird flux of state.
It's a place in life that many understand through experience and others try to tearfully understand when their loved ones take their lives. I can't describe it; those who have been that low before will nod when they read this because they know exactly what I mean. It is an extremely dark, lonely, and painful place to be. What people don't understand is that the thought of dying is no longer scary at that point: you look forward to because it means an end to the suffering.
I've had a lot of time to think about that period of my life. As you can imagine, it sticks with you. Everyday you wake up is a day you almost didn't have, whether that day be good or bad. There are those who see me as broken, flawed or weak because of my struggles. In my attempt to embrace a second chance at life, they see fit to prove this precious time I almost didn't have is a waste.
This past Saturday, October 5, I had the opportunity to attend an anti-bullying event held in Salt Lake City, Utah. As I stood there watching the various attendees come through I spent a portion of the day pondering the bullies I had faced in my own life. From fellow students in school to fellow athletes in sport, I have tasted the bitter results of those who for one reason or another felt the need to force their own pains on another.
This time of meditation led me to think of another bully, one that can inflict true hurt and heartache. I speak of mental illness, a bully that no school Principal or mortal parent can ever put in "time out." No sibling can stand up to this bully on the "playground" of life and no spouse, friend or teammate can fully protect you from. This bully is the first to steal hope, happiness and energy from life.
I have often wondered what my life would be like if I had not been asked to carry this "thorn in the flesh" (2 Corinthians 12:7). Would I be married with a family by now? Would I have a more successful professional career? Would I have done more in my sport of bobsled and gone further? Would I have deeper relationships and friendships? Would I be a better light unto this dark and troubled world? The questions, and possible answers, are infinite and beyond my ability to comprehend.
This past weekend I had the humbling opportunity to attend and speak at an inspirational and touching "Out of Darkness" community walk at Pleasant Grove High School. What a beautiful facility and what a beautiful day, all for a beautiful purpose. A huge congratulations to the many, many volunteers who worked tirelessly to make it happen.
It was a moving experience to see so many who came to honor the memory of those who decided to take their own lives. All across the United States, teams of volunteers give of their time and resources to organize these walks to raise awareness of mental health and suicide prevention as well as fund-raise for educational and supportive efforts to prevent more lose. As the AFSP's website states:
"In the United States, a person dies by suicide every 13.7 minutes, claiming more than 38,000 lives each year. It is estimated that an attempt is made every minute, with close to one million people attempting suicide annually. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. among adults 18-65, the second leading cause of death among teens and young adults, and individuals ages 65 and older account for 16 percent of all suicide deaths. This is a public health issue that does not discriminate by age, gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic status."
It was an amazing opportunity for me to participate because of all the wonderful people I met, but also because this is a subject that hits so very close to him since it was only years ago that I almost took my own life. Below is a copy of the speech that I gave to the event's attendees that I hope can inspire and comfort you in your own tough times. Don't give up. There is always hope.
“May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
When I saw The Fellowship of the Ring movie for the first time, those words struck me like a hammer on an anvil. They were spoken to Froddo, the hobbit whose task it was to take the dreaded One Ring to Mount Doom, as encouragement by the Lady Galadriel when she gave him a small crystal phial, filled with the light of Eärendil's star. She knew that dark days lay ahead for Froddo and his companions and in an act of mercy, compassion and support she gave him light for those times when it felt like the darkness is overwhelming, that there was no other source of light.
So, why were those words so powerful for me?
For years now I have been asked by friends, family, counselors, leaders, teammates, advocates and spokespersons to write about faith and mental illness. While the two have been covered in enough written words to fill the Library of Congress, I feel that we have not seen the two discussed together enough and when it is there is far too much clinical writing and not enough first-hand accounts. So, like two awkward teenagers slow dancing for the first time under the lights, faith and mental illness are often seen touching hands, when in reality they should embrace in an intimate setting that can bring hope, light, love, peace and strength that only a strong relationship can.
Let me state right now that I am not a trained therapist nor mental health professional. What I'm going to write is merely my opinion intermixed with my faith and what I have learned through my own journey with mental illness.
Jeremy C. Holm is a renowned author, motivational speaker, bobsled athlete and coach, journalist, graphic designer and advertising consultant.
Jeremy Christian Holm was born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania on December 22, 1980, and grew up playing soccer and baseball while dodging tornadoes in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond, Oklahoma. He is the son of Jeffrey and Candy Holm and has one older brother and two sisters.
Jeffrey Holm was the founder of High Performance Coatings, Inc. (HPC), an international company that was involved with numerous world-championship auto racing teams and high-level industrial, military, marine, automotive and aviation projects for over thirty years.
From an early age Jeremy had a deep love for reading and creativity, two passions that were continually motivated through his inspiring teachers at Will Rogers Elementary School in Oklahoma, Brookwood Elementary in Sandy, Utah and later Churchill Junior High and Skyline High School in Holladay, Utah where Jeremy graduated in 1999.
After graduation, Jeremy chose to serve a Christian mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the countries of Honduras and Belize from March of 2000 to March of 2002. After his two years of service Jeremy returned home and attended college at Brigham Young University and Salt Lake Community College where he graduated from in Print Journalism, an area of study that only fueled his love and honed his talent for writing. On a side note, Jeremy made the Salt Lake Community College President’s List for academic achievement.
Jeremy also began in the exciting winter sport of bobsled in January of 1997 on the then newly constructed Park City, Utah 2002 Winter Olympic track. After that fateful ride down the course, Jeremy was hooked and went on to train and race in both two- and four-man bobsled under the umbrella of Team Holm Bobsled. In 2009 Jeremy was asked to coach the United States Adaptive Bobsled Team, thus allowing him to develop and coach a program that contained some of the first Paralympic bobsled athletes in the world. Jeremy is now the Team Captain, chief pilot and founder of Team Phoenix Bobsled, a group of athletes that use bobsled to help others find hope and second chances in life.
In 2008 Jeremy formed The Athlete Outreach Project (AOP), an organization designed to use the influence of Olympic and world-class athletes and hopefuls to inspire others, serve in the community, spread hope and assist non-profit organizations in their causes. Since its inception the AOP has been involved in countless fundraisers, motivational events, school and hospital visits, teen education programs, neighborhood service projects and more.
After spending over a fourteen years as an athlete, speaker, presenter and philanthropical organizer, Jeremy decided to put his writing skills to use and has since written The Champion’s Way, a motivational and inspirational e-booklet designed to help readers achieve their full potential and live a gold-medal life. In addition, Jeremy will be publishing Fire and Ice: Gospel Lessons Learned Through a Lifetime of Sport in January of 2014 through Cedar Fort Publishing. Fire and Ice will be a Christian-belief based book that takes Jeremy’s bobsled experiences and career and uses his deep insight and moving stories to instruct, strengthen, motivate and edify the faith of its readers.
Jeremy currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah where he is a highly sought after graphic and web designer and advertising consultant. When he isn’t busy with his lengthy-list of responsibilities, Jeremy enjoys visiting local public schools, juvenile correctional facilities, Boys and Girls Clubs and countless other organizations to help others discover the champion within.
(Printable Bio) - Let's be honest: everyone who has taken a "class in school" says they are a graphic designer. The problem with this is that even designers with degrees don't always fully understand what makes a logo, an ad, a website or even a TV commercial powerful, impactful and profitable.
Since 2003 I have worked in print, digital and web design at the international, national and local levels. There is something about taking a client's concept and turning it into an effectively creative piece that gets results and improves both profits and market share. In the end it isn't about me; its about making your advertising piece the best one out there.
Some of my clients over the years have included Morris Murdock Travel, LLC; Simmons Media; High Performance Coatings, Inc.; Morris Murdock Escorted Tours; Morris Murdock LDS Travel Study; Black Pearl Luxury Services; Telarus and Commission River; The U.S. Adaptive Bobsled Team; The Athlete Outreach Project; Photo Candy; Garden Goddesses; Morris Meetings and Incentives; SpringHill Suites Lehi at Thanksgiving Point; Wellness Chiropractic; The Price Speed Museum and many more.
Check out some of my work in the galleries below and I've listed my skill areas over on the right-hand side of this page. If you are looking for a designer with years of experience in print, digital and web work, please contact me and let's see what we can create together.