Each of us are in recovery, whether that be from: mental illness, substance abuse, abusive relationships, homelessness, etc. Whatever the situation, lets be an example to others that we can and do overcome tough situations by sharing our testimonies... Here is mine...
I will share my story and book at "Healthy Minds Matter" Mental Health Forum May 5, 2018!
Sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,
Psi Alpha Omega Chapter and Hearts To Nourish Hope
“HEALTHY MINDS MATTER” COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH FORUM & DISCUSSION SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2018 8:30 AM - NOON THE HEARTS TO NOURISH HOPE FACILITY 640 GA-138 RIVERDALE, GA 30296 Register for FREE Today!https://paohealthyminds.eventbrite.com
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and what better way to recognize this month than with an open candid discussion on mental illness! I had an AWESOME experience on Spoken Sounds of Soul show with T Love, Dr. Angela Harris, and Zovon Lee, and Shanbin. Here are some pictures of us after the Show:
Recently, I established EMM Enterprise, LLC, which is primarily about me encouraging and motivating individuals to write. Moreover, the EMM Enterprise, LLC Facebook page shows me as the writer, speaker, and book-writing coach, which I am, offline.
However, you all, including my Overcoming Schizophrenia blog readers will always, and forever hold a great part of my vibrant recovery spirit! You've seen me grow over the years in my recovery since 2008, and my journey to focus on my mental health related career as a writer and speaker, which is my livelihood- I thank you! Embracing My Mind, Inc. Facebook fans, and Overcoming Schizophrenia blog readers you've helped me grow in so many ways as an advocate, writer, and into the person I am today- Ashley! -who also lives in recovery with mental health challenges. I love y'all!
I am 31 years old. I am a single-parent. I am a writer, an advocate and peer counselor for mental wellness. I also have schizoaffective disorder; schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder (mania), and anxiety. And today, I am happy...
I have a beautiful son that I am thankful to have and to love on every second of my life! I am working on a book with two great friends on recovery, Angela B. Franklin and Charlene Flagg. Our book, Out of the Darkness: Faces of Mental Illness and Recovery REVEALED, is for release this year (2018).
Because of my condition I am more aware of mental illness. I am passionate for the cause to fight the ongoing beast of widespread stigma, and negativity on persons living with mental health conditions. I aim to encourage mental wellness for myself, peers, and EVERYBODY. Living with my diagnoses enables me to be conscious of my self care needs, demand to engage in self-love activities, and to strive for overall wellness with my many goals, and attempts to get…
Because the year  is closing, I am going to start preparing to my mindset, spirituality, finances, and miscellaneous needs; and overall wellness, today. I have many goals, in fact, I always have a goal. I like to check off my goals like a grocery list. Most times I categorize goals by dividing them into short-term (1-6 months), or long-term (6 months-2 years), phases and deadline to meet.
For example, here are a few of my goals: To master punctuality; to be at work, and events earlier, in order, to reduce anxieties and stress.To wake up earlier at least twice a week in order to gives thanks to God, journal, and to prepare my mindset for the day.I am going to look into getting more certifications as a peer counselor, and trainer.I will be more attentive to others, and will reduce offering feedback, because I need more information, and I enjoy lively conversations, everyday.
However, I have a longer list than that, but I could prioritize my lists by focusing on two goals each week…
Next month is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month (July), and the debut of my new book, Out of the Darkness: Faces of Mental Illness REVEALED. I co-author this book with two awesome women, and friends, Angela Franklin and Charlene Flagg. We will present our book on July 22, 2017 at the 2017 Mental Health Conference at House of Hope Church, hosted by their counseling center, Haven House, located on 4650 Float Shoals Parkway, Decatur, GA 30034.
First the book, Out of the Darkness: Faces of Mental Illness REVEALED,explores three individualized stories of living with a diagnosis. We share candid experiences with self-stigma, and barriers to living our lives well in recovery. Despite the pain, traumas, and setbacks in wellness and life; Angela, Charlene, and I accepted change, and help.
In our book, we reflect on our challenges and progress to better manage recovery; and to survive, thrive, and to live! Our faith played a significant role in grasping and maintaining hope for a better da…