|Out of the Darkness: Faces of Mental Illness |
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
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 day; relief, and access to treatment and therapy. Still,we have struggles, still we have needs, and still we share admiration, and many thanks to God for hope, and different healthy self-care tools, which helps maintain recovery, and wellness.
The 2017 Mental Health Conference aims to educate, and guide persons into therapy, and treatment, if needed, as an option. There will also be a panel discussion with individuals living with a diagnosis, and others from Emory University faculty, mental health professionals, and community members. Presenters will address concerns of severe and persistent mental illness (i.e. anxiety, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, and, suicide), and other behavioral health concerns.
Attending this conference will undoubtedly get the conversation started in right the right direction, in order, to reduce the stigma of mental illness in the African American community, and church. Workshops will share resources and ways to access treatment, and therapy. This conference will passionately deliver messages of hope, and encouragement to STOP suffering in silence, and to link individuals to professional help and care!
Finally, do, mark your calendars for July 22, 2017, located at House of Hope Church, 4650 Float Shoals Parkway, Decatur, Georgia 30034. And, be prepared to get some great information, listen to g great praise music, and to obtain resources. For details on the conference, which is free of charge, visit the House of Hope, Haven House Counseling Center website: www.havenhousecounseling.com This is a free event that will include lunch and refreshments.
Friday, June 2, 2017
This month (June) is the anniversary of my mother's life.
The picture of me and my mother was taken while I was in high school. In this picture, we were standing on the porch in front of her antique shop. There are countless lessons she instilled in me, however, entrepreneurship is one of the few at the top of that list. Another is how to be a great supporter and mother by making loving sacrifices for one's child. While I was not well, and at my worse, she stopped working to relocate, in order to care and support me. I love my mother, and that experience portrayed the woman, and mother I aim to be remembered by my own child.
I saw an American Greetings card and purchased it for myself. I think of my mother everyday, I want to acknowledge and celebrate her with another soothing image for me. I am honoring my mother's life and passing due to stage four breast cancer.
I am also honoring all amazing mothers and women who've impacted us in loving ways among a million other ways... Rest in Peace, let your spirits be loved unconditionally by your higher power; and the rest of us will continue to be thinking, missing, and loving on you in memory until we join you again.