My Quest To Teach

May 6, 2016

Part 1 Mental Health – What‘s your Status

Part 1 Mental Health – What‘s your Status
William Jackson, My Quest To Teach
Official Blogger for African American
Mental Health Initiative (AAMHI)


In today’s society knowing your status can be the difference
between being living a productive life or faced with
unimaginable challenges. Being employed or unemployable,
socially active or reclusive. The availability to medications and
counseling that can help maintain a productive lifestyle and
even prevent incarceration because of irrational behaviors.

Life is fragile enough without the uncertainty of mental illness
and the challenges that may come with it. Just as it is important
to know your status as it relates to STD’s Sexually Transmitted
Diseases. It is important to have a grasp of what your mental
condition is and how it is affected by the stresses of everyday

Families have been torn apart, feelings changed forever and
mental instabilities potentially damaged the relationships
between family members. Mental illness not only affects that
person, individually but has consequences on the family and
even extended family structure.  Mental Illness is not a crime
and should not be seen as a violation of the laws of this nation.

Those suffering with Mental Illness still have rights, human and
civil rights. The actions of those suffering with mental illnesses
have consequences, behaviors that may be treated with
compassion, empathy, common sense and even leniency in
some cases. The violation of the mind is intrusive, it creates
atmospheres of uncertainty in the reality of the mind or the
perceptions of reality. Treatment, counseling and even the
correct medications are important to remain in touch with
what is important and enhances life.


What is experienced through the senses is questioned, in
some cases certain realities are denied and actions are not
based on facts, but based on the distorted views that the mind
creates. Education is important in the community, educators in
schools districts across the nation are taking mental health
training to obtain a foundation to recognize signs and symptoms
of school aged children. Not to diagnose, and not to treat, but to
prepare educators to the potential of mental illness and challenges
that create distractions to learning. Societies challenges can
been seen in key areas outside of the medical field; education,
law enforcement, the legal systems of our communities and
even religious entities. All are a key part in providing assistance
to those that need a holistic relationship in keeping productive.

This and future blogs are in association with the AAMHI
African American Mental Health Initiative that is working hard in
Jacksonville, Florida to change the sigma of mental illness in
the African American community. This is not to say services,
resources, and interaction is not provided to the general public,
this is further from the truth. The reality is the perceptions and
interaction to mental health is diversely different in the African
American community.


African American Mental Health Initiative (AAMHI) is working
to provide a foundation to allow the thoughts, feelings, voices,
stories to be told, shared and interacted with. To change the
perceptions, generational curses and religious traditions of
silence and shame. These have to be changed to break the
mental limitations of silence, being open and honest and seeking
help is the key.

This blog and other to follow will share information leading to
the 5K Walk and Village Talk on Saturday May 14, 2016
and the gathering at Unity Plaza for a “Village Talk.”

Narissa Black, Mental Health Professional

Register today at:
Please share with your network the importance of learning
about mental illness and encouraging others to have open
discussions and beat the shame of perceptions.
If you have any questions, please call 904-412-4366.
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Mental Health

Ann Marlow,
African American Mental Health Initiative (AAMHI)
AAMHI Mental Health Walk & Village Talk FREE
May 14, 2016
7am to 1pm
Unity Plaza
220 Riverside Avenue, 32202
Gladzena Young
MHWVT Coordinator
Donations are welcomed

William D. Jackson, M.Ed.


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