My name is Jim Marshall. I have been an educator and coach for middle school, high school, and college teams for thirty-eight years. As a speaker, I cover mental health first aid, coping skills, and substance abuse.
My son Cody passed away in 2011 of an overdose. Through his generosity, he gave his organs to others so that they may live. With my nonprofit speaking and presentations, I too give, hence the name – Cody’s Gift. I share my son’s story regarding mental health issues and substance abuse disorders, along with many others that I have encountered on my mission. I have studied and researched all the angles to these areas to make Cody’s Gift effective to potentially save lives.
Along with hundreds of schools I have also presented to: parent meetings, medical schools, wellness centers, conferences, hospitals, pain management centers, recovery centers, family counseling centers, webinars for prevention agencies and mental health agencies.
I write articles, editorials, and have testified in the Missouri State Capitol for the Good Sam Law /Cody’s Law (which I helped create and sponsor) as well as television segments and more to raise awareness in these areas.
I believe I have made a difference in Missouri and I want to do more!