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Ashley Co-Authors New Book- Out of the Darkness: Faces of Mental Illness Revealed

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.


Out of the Darkness: Faces of Mental Illness
REVEALED

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.




Comments

Esther said…
Thank you for talking about such a sensitive issue. Awareness needs to be globalized.
Sirako said…
Very Informative
mwakondo said…

mother best friend whose love can not be compared to anything on this earth.
i pray that every child can have an opportunity of being close to a mother a lot we learn from them .the values they still in us never depart us .mothers are a blessing
JJsiegal said…
Thank you Ashley for your continued efforts in the field of mental health. Thanks for your web-blog too. ~TW
Kae Lee said…
Hello, thanks for writing your book overview. That the cost and can it be purchased on amazon? Thank you.
Paul Mureen said…
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Briona Kennedy said…
NATURAL CURE TO MENTAL ILLNESS: I’m so appreciative for this type of platform, it gives us all opportunity to openly share our experiences without fear of shame. It is no longer a news that there is permanent cure to schizophrenia. My daughter was diagnosed of schizophrenia 15 years ago, over those time, I spent more time in hospital than out of hospital without much improvement. It was difficult and humbling, she had a major breakthrough only with CONSUMMO treatment. We're so proud that we've done it all to save her, She now think more clearly. She has grown as a person in all facets of life. She more compassionate, intelligent, wise, sociable, and actionable! I see people suffering with uneffective treatment. For more detail on CONSUMMO, kindly visit this blog: curetoschizophrenia.blogspot.com, And if you have used this medicine in the past, I will advice you create an awareness to help others, because, every family that has a mentally ill patient are battling unimaginable pain. The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness. Thank you

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