My name is Al Levin and I’m an assistant principal in a public elementary school. I’ve been in education for over twenty years. I’m married and have four children.
I’ve completed all of the coursework in working towards a Co-Active coaching certificate through the Coaches Training Institute. The coaching work has allowed me to support the staff I work with in the public schools, as well as others who are seeking support in reaching their goals or working past challenging times in their lives.
I am also a person who has recovered from two major bouts of depressive disorder, one of which was quite debilitating for nearly six months of his life. Through this experience, I have become very passionate about learning more about mental health and supporting others with a mental illness, particularly men with depression. In addition to a blog, I have a podcast in which I interview men who have struggled with depression and/or other mental illnesses. You can find my podcast at TheDepressionFiles.com/podcast. I also speak publicly for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and on my own. I was recently appointed by the governor to the Minnesota State Advisory Council on Mental Health. You will also find me Tweeting @allevin18.
I have been published in The Mighty, The Huffington Post, Psych Central, The Recovery Letters, Made for More, and was featured in Esperanza Magazine.