REAL CHATS with Russell Lehmann

REAL CHATS with Russell Lehmann

Russell is a public speaker and mental health advocate who happens to have autism, among other diagnosis. He became a speaker to be a voice for the unheard; he knows exactly how challenging it is to go unnoticed. Giving hope to families who are concerned and kids who are struggling is his goal. He wants to let every individual know that life DOES get better. Russell vows to use all the pain and agony he went through as life lessons and turn them into a way to help others.

PROJECT 375: Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?

Russell: There is not one place on this earth that I would not want to travel to! The places that come to mind first, however, would be Istanbul to see the Hagia Sophia, Petra to see the astounding rock-cut architecture, and the Mediterranean region to visit all the ancient temples and sites!

PROJECT 375: What is your favorite memory?

Russell: That’s an interesting question. I guess I don’t really have a favorite memory. My childhood was pretty rough, with regards to battling my many disorders such as OCD and severe social anxiety. Perhaps my favorite memory would be the one that I will make today!

PROJECT 375: What is your favorite book?

Russell: My favorite books are Caesar & Christ by Will Durant, and Creation by Gore Vidal.

PROJECT 375: What is your biggest success up until now?

Russell: My biggest success up to now, with many more to come I believe, is recently being appointed by Governor Sandoval of Nevada to sit on the Governor’s Council for Developmental Disabilities, and being a leader in my community by spreading acceptance and awareness of mental health issues.

PROJECT 375: What does your perfect day look like?

Russell: My perfect day is pretty simple. Waking up happy, having a great workout at the gym, and just spending quality time with my friends and family.

PROJECT 375: How would your friends describe you?

If you asked my friends to pick one word to describe me, most of them would probably say “integrity”. I always try to do the right thing, and take great pride in setting a positive example for those around me.

PROJECT 375: What is your diagnosis?

Russell: Autism, depression, anxiety, OCD and eating disorder

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