JACKSONVILLE, Fla. ----For years, Jaime Evors would wear sweaters to her kids' events, shameful other parents would see her scars.
"This is where hated was carved in," mother Jaime Evors said.
For over a decade, Jaime Evors hide behind her self-inflicted scars to her stomach, legs and arms.
“I didn’t know how to talk about it, it was never brought up in my schools, it was never something that it was talked about where I felt I could go talk to somebody,” Evors said.
Now, she’s sharing her scars and story to show that mental illness is very real.
Her struggle started with body shaming.when she was just in the fourth grade.
"Cutting myself wasn't enough to take away all the pain, so then I started to not eat because I felt I didn’t deserve food," Evors said.
Evors would also struggle for years with an on-again, off-again battle with anorexia and physical and sexual abuse.
Sot: “I had three relapses of anorexia nervosa.” “I thought I’d been dead for now for sure. For sure, I really did not see myself living to this age.”
Now 31 and a mother of three, Evors says sharing and hearing similar stories in her-mid 20s in bible college turned things around.
“I thought to myself there are so many people struggling. Why aren’t we talking about this? Why is this taboo? Why is this shunned? Why is this shameful?”
Today, Evors still doesn't hear enough talk of mental illness.
“It’s taboo, because we make it taboo.”
The mother of three is no longer staying quiet, she’s doing something about it.
She has spent much of the last year as a life coach, sharing her story at local schools and businesses.
“I want to put a face to the stories of abuse, of self-harm of suicide attempts. Tell them that there is hope, that there is help, that they aren’t alone, that there's resources for them.”
Evors is grateful to hear that Florida universities will have 105 more mental health professionals over the next four years, but says stories need to be told.
“I’m glad they’re going to have them and they’re starting to see the need for it, but what is going to bring awareness to the fact that they’re there.”
Evors hopes sharing her story will do exactly that and show people help is out there.
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