Meet Our Founder

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

1 Corinthians 10:13

Cassandra McBurrough

Founder

Cassandra McBurrough is a mental health advocate whose main focus is to educate the public and break stigmas about mental health. She currently works with FEMA as an Applicant Service Program Specialist and assists individuals who have been affected by natural disasters by giving them assistance in time of need.


She was born in Valdosta, Georgia and relocated at the age of ten with her family to North Carolina. One of her biggest achievements is that she got to graduate high school early. She always knew she wanted to be in the military so she took the ASVAB and her parents gave consent for her to join. At the age of 19 she was shipped off to Iraq with her unit 1-130th ARB. At that time in Iraq she developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Another achievement is that she was a contractor in Bagram, Afghanistan as an ammunition specialist working at the ammunition supply point. During that time in the military she received the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Army Service Ribbon and Armed Forces  Reserve Medal with Device.

The organization started because she was diagnosed with PTSD after her 1st deployment to Iraq. She was resilient and recovered after 6 weeks of therapy at the Raleigh Vet Center. She also went to Afghanistan later that same year where she was drugged and that affected her mental health. The woman she knew her entire life had changed and would never be the same. She lost her voice amongst everything she had. Her mind would never be the same no matter how many doctors she saw. She was hoping someone would tell her something different but instead she received a lot of different mental health diagnoses. Coming to accept the diagnosis and learn to educate herself if the doctors she saw weren’t giving the answers that was needed. When going through therapy she would tell them the symptoms she was experiencing and they didn’t know and that was not good enough for her.

She wants to help others because she needed the help and it wasn’t an easy path to find the right person that was able to help her. Her passion for helping those with mental health strives from her own experience.

She is now living a productive life because of the support of her family and psychiatrist. The moral of her story is there’s a way out and you don’t have to stay at that low point forever.