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February 15, 2015

Your Mental Health and the Value of Mental Stability


Your Mental Health and the Value of Mental Stability

Real Talk…. Real Change gathers momentum in the sixth
annual event that raises awareness about social issues that
are controversial, emotional and contentious because of the
reality of the effects on the lives of families and society.
Mental Illness is no longer a quiet and easily hidden illness
that carries the baggage of loneliness, shame, discrimination,
and even denial.

There is data of clinical studies, scientific inquire, genealogical
research all to gain an understanding of an illness that affects
millions. Quote:
“The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans
is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your
three best friends. If they’re okay, then it’s you.” Rita Mae Brown

Mental Illness is a quiet attack that invades and destroys from
within. It attacks the most vital part of a person, the place of
consciousness, awareness, rationalization and importantly the
interpretation of reality. Medical science in some cases is still
struggling with being proactive against this illness that is subtle
and invasive.
Attacking from within, influenced by either chemical imbalances,
societal pressures, the stresses of parenthood, the anxiety
of conforming, or the demands of achieving past the capabilities
of being human in a society that in many cases demands more
of a person to gain success that is influenced by unrealistic
demands and gaining more than is economically and
emotionally viable.

Quote: “Mental illness can happen to anybody. You can be a
dustman, a politician, a Tesco worker.. anyone. It could be your
dad, your brother or your aunt.” Frank Bruno

On Thursday, February 19th at 6:30pm the engagement begins
with a dialogue of Mental Health in Jacksonville, Florida. Hosted
by E3 Business Group of Northeast Florida providing experts in
the fields of mental health a candid discussion of mental health
in Jacksonville, Florida.
The Jacksonville Mental Health in the African American
Community discussion group has held monthly discussions on
mental health issues, not just for African American’s, although
AA lack sufficient resources and information to properly address
the serious issue of mental health illness in treatment, counseling,
support of the families and even prescribing the correct medications.
Mental illness cannot be successfully treated with medication
only, it is a holistic treatment that must involve the value of nutrition,
involvement of the family, friends and community resources.

Jacksonville needs only look at its growing homeless population to
see that mental illness is outside our doors, in our communities and
even affects students in the school system. In the recent One X One
conference in Jacksonville, Florida where public education was
discussed, the growing issue of students attempting suicides is showing
that mental illness and societal pressures span into children, teens and
young adults. Where is the mental stability, the rock of a foundation
that needs family, friends and even spiritual intervention?

The MHIAAC are making strides to change the perceptions of
mental health, the stigma against those that are challenged with
mental health.
“Most people, if you live in a big city, you see some form of schizophrenia
every day, and it’s always in the form of someone homeless. Look at that guy-
he’s crazy. He looks dangerous. Well, he’s on the streets because of mental
illness. He probably had a job and a home.” Eric McCormack
The time for being judgmental, bias, insulting and prejudice is over,
it is time for the community to come together to help the citizens,
the families and the community to help those that need a helping hand.

In order for the community to help break stereotypes and make significant
changes please sign this petition because: Mental Illness is a cancer eating
away at the lives of millions of Americans.
More so in the African American community, resources and additional
funding is needed so organizations, churches, educational institutions and
those with a passion to help people can receive much needed support.
Prison cells, bus tickets, halfway houses, asylums, are not the answer.
Education, reliable resources and compassion are needed to help those
suffering and want to make a change, but don’t know where to go.
Help MHIAAC make a transformative change for our community and families
in Jacksonville.
Our petition:
Date for the next MHIAAC discussion Saturday, Mar 21st at 10am

Mental Health in the African American Community Inc.,
(MHAAC) a national 501c3 non-profit agency that provides
mental and behavioral health education, awareness, support
and referral services for ALL families.
RSVP by emailing: or call 904 419-9847

Location: Community Rehabilitation Center,
623 Beechwood, Jacksonville, FL 32209
For Facebook friend request to JaxMhaac
MHAAC Intro Video


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