About Nancy McCurdy Montagna
Nancy was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder when she was a freshman at Kent State University. She was able to get treatment quickly, but her inspiring recovery journey was comprised of many experiences including becoming homeless in Denver, CO. She was the recipient of the 2001 Help Hotline Advocacy Award and the 2011 Impact Award for Transformation from The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation.
She is currently the Program Coordinator of Recovery Services at Help Hotline Crisis Center, Inc. in Youngstown through which she has instilled hope and changed the lives of over 600 individuals who attend her classes. She trains facilitators for the Trumbull and Mahoning County BRIDGES and WRAP courses and has taught more BRIDGES classes than any other county in Ohio, including classes for the Amish community. She also teaches “MASTERMINDS: Be the Master of Your Own” educational workshops for participants and family caregivers.
Using her own lived experiences, she teaches others how to manage their mental illness and offers them kindness, unwavering encouragement, and friendship beyond the class completion. Nancy strives to bring hope to the hopeless, help to the helpless, and to eliminate stigmas about mental health.