Johnny is the Founder and CEO of Cope Notes, a mental health service that uses daily text messages to train the brain to develop healthier thought patterns since, as he says, “negative thoughts don’t schedule an appointment with you.” As a touring musician, creative writer and a TEDx and motivational speaker, he has touched millions of lives by de-mystifying taboo psychological principles with levity and wit.
As a suicide and abuse survivor, he spent his formative years searching for resources to help him cope with his mental health issues, ranging from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and bipolar disorder to schizophrenia.
His deeply personal experience with mental illness, university-level education in psychology and contagious positivity combine to fashion his unique spirit of advocacy. Today, after nearly a decade of clinical treatment, volunteer peer counseling and public advocacy, he relies on the strategies he shares through Cope Notes to live a happier, healthier life.
You can listen to episodes of the Cope Notes podcast here.