An Interview with Olivia Nunn: Retired Military Officer, Mental Health Advocate, and CEO of Olivia Nunn Communications

The reason why I’m passionate about that topic is because I was touched by mental health. I have a story about that, I was in the business. My last job in the United States Army was transitioning, I was in the business of transitioning soldiers out of the military. I was something of what you would say an expert. I worked for an organization called the US Army Soldier For Life. Yet, as I was transitioning or retiring from the army after 20 years of dedicated service, I had pretty much come to an end. What I mean by that is I went through an unexpected divorce. I didn’t come to grips with the trauma. Through my service, I had been assaulted. I went through three combat tours during my service. There are things that I needed to work through on top of the fact that I was coming through an identity crisis. I was letting go of who I am and trying to figure out who I needed to be. Here I was at the end of my service, going through an unexpected divorce with the man that I had built my whole entire adult life when I knew him. We started at the very beginning, married for 16 years, we had two children together and my seemingly perfect world was crashing all at once. It took me to rock bottom. I wanted to end my life; I had planned how to end my life.  

Luana Ribeira

Luana Ribeira is a best selling author, international speaker and host of business Innovators Radio.