About MabryLiving

On the surface, we may look like an ordinary suburban family who has it all together. Hang out with us for just a little bit and you’ll see we are anything but ordinary and we certainly do not have it all together. John and I started Mabry Living out of a necessity to express ourselves in the midst of the wreckage our lives had become. Check out our family journal and our entertaining original videos and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Our journey to where we are today has been one of both tragedy and triumph. John lost his leg and saw one of his friends die in a car accident. Then we lost John's brother when John found him to an unexpected death. We have struggled through years of addiction issues, job losses and a marriage that has barely survived these and other obstacles we have been faced with. But through it all we have experienced some amazing highs that we choose to focus on over the bad events. We hope to inspire you to take a more realistic, simpler approach to life in today's chaotic world. Here you will find motivating tidbits, hilarious antics, common sense advice on improving physical and emotional health, and creative activities that promote quality family time. Thanks for following us on this journey. Get ready to laugh and learn alongside one of the most real and unique families you've ever seen.

Brianne Benitez and I walked into two scary incidences at a prestigious university. We weren’t expecting this…

While preparing for our talk on the stigma of mental health and addiction – which was within five minutes of stepping on campus – we heard that our contact, a therapist from the counseling center, had to rush a suicidal student to the hospital. Ten minutes after that Trish found a student on the floor in a women’s bathroom stall throwing up and dehydrated, presumably from alcohol or other substances. It was 9:45 AM. She was left to fend for herself while other girls came and went without considering asking if the girl might need help.

If you think mental health and addiction can’t touch your family or loved one because of the expensive school they go to, you’re sorely mistaken. If anything it is worse because they have the resources to purchase plenty of alcohol and drugs. All the while, they remain quiet about their struggles to protect the family’s image from being tarnished because they may need therapy or rehab.

Don’t be like the students who walked right by someone who’s suffering. If you know someone is struggling let them know you care by asking how you can help. Then call @addictioncampuses at 888-614-2251 to explore your options for getting them help.