Lindagail reading at The Loft Literary Center
Lindagail grew up with an abusive, alcoholic mother and as a result, married two abusive, alcoholic men. She came to see abuse as a normal and expected part of life. At age 27 she began experiencing post traumatic stress (PTSD) symptoms presented as flashbacks, nightmares, complex depression, mind-racing, anxiety and dissociation. Her journey is not unique. The mental illness she experienced was a direct result of the abuse she survived as a child, teen and young mother.
Lindagail is a volunteer speaker for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She also speaks on behalf of domestic abuse organizations. While working at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), she developed a campus-wide Sexual Assault & Harassment Awareness Campaign.
Her road to recovery taught her many lessons which she is sharing in her upcoming memoir, Silent No More. She speaks and writes so other survivors will know they are not alone. By sharing what was helpful and what was not, loved ones and those in the recovery fields will gain a better understanding of barriers survivors face as they journey to heal.