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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

February 12, 2015

ONE X ONE The Transformative Power of Public Education

ONE X ONE The Transformative Power of Public Education

William Jackson – Delegate One X One Conference
Educational Technology – Edward Waters College

The recent One X One event brought together educators,
administrators, those in political office, clergy, community
activists, parents and students; from elementary education
to higher education, coming together in unity and solidarity
to celebrate public education and the achievements of
educators and administrators in Duval County Public Schools.

The presence of over 500 in attendance showed the diversity
of and support for public education in Jacksonville, Florida.
Stated from Superintendent Dr. Vitti, “Education is the great
Having attended as a Delegate and using Social Media to share
the event, the One X One conference for several years the energy
was strong in establishing the seriousness and significance in the
importance to sustain and strengthen public education. This is
my 26th year teaching in public education and 11th teaching in
higher education, witnessing the thrust to show that educators
are important and respected helps in building pride in a career
that is sometimes volatile in funding and positive recognition.

The educational process starts from home, if parents do not prepare
their children for the rigors of the educational environment, students
will be behind before formal education starts. Dr. Vitti (Supt. of Duval
County Public Schools) observation that,” teachers are sometimes a
scapegoat for student failure – parents have a responsibility to prepare
their children for the educational process.”

This reinforces that parents are their children’s first teachers and they
(parents) set the tone for the value of education in their homes and
even in their communities.
Public education is under attack from those with their own political
and in some cases religious ideologies that seek to divide communities
and spread a message of separation and division of intellectual abilities.
Those that seek to divide and weaken public education are in many
ways promoting the “have and have not” mentality instead of an
inclusive, holistic and fundamental engagement of improving a system
that is not perfect, but has provided a means for children to grow in
many cases beyond their parents educational, social and economic
levels. Children that have grown and advanced through public education
into adulthood have achieved historic levels of advancement in disciplines
that children years before could only dream of, the growth of STEAM has
long reaching academic influences, with well qualified educators, active
and involved administrators and the necessary support personnel from
secretaries to custodian’s children are rising and excelling through
grade levels.
The experience of the One X One conference shows that the best
investment America can make is in public education teachers.

Mayor Alvin Brown, the first African American Mayor in the history of
Jacksonville, Florida whose children attend schools in Duval County
Public Schools, the Superintendent of DCPS Dr. Nicoli Vitti whose
children also attend public schools shows that no matter the political
engagement or attainment of educational status or position, public
education provides the necessary foundation for career success and
community involvement.
It can be seen in Jacksonville how well we are educating our children
in each community, each block and each household. Growing and
thriving communities have a value for education, those communities
struggling often have struggling schools and struggling families.
The involvement of students from elementary to higher education in
decision making in curriculum and management shows that including
students provides them the opportunity to contribute to the learning
environment, thus changing from a teacher centered to a student
centered learning institution that encourages learning outside of the
classroom. Students and parents can voice their concerns, share
their observations, become involved and celebrate
their successes, but must be actively involved. If parents are not
involved then they have no say in how the school is managed.

Encouraging future educators like the young men in the “Call Me Mister”
program at the HBCU Edward Waters College where young African American
men are preparing to be the next generation of educators that will work to
meet the educational needs of a growing diversity of
African American and Hispanic students.

The One X One conference was a gathering of celebrations for
increased graduation rates for students, the continued integration
and implementation of new technologies that manage student data
for learning, supporting parents to be advocates for education; even
those that have made mistakes in the criminal justice system that
have children in DCPS can still check on their children remotely,
through telephone conferencing, email or other adaptable technologies
to help parents still be parents proudly and with dignity. Sensitive areas
of bullying, mental health, the safety of schools and addressing potential
violence because of societal challenges are areas of reflection and planning.
Northeast Florida struggles with youth mental health as seen in statistics
that Northeast Florida out paces the rest of the state in juvenile suicides
and attempts.

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) has provided a wealth of
information concerning public education and the need for a strong public
educational foundation. There are places that need modification, no
educational institution no matter what country is perfect, with the
continued collaboration of schools with community resources, the
cooperation of parents working with teachers and administrators and
the listening ears of leadership and legislature to seasoned educators
and active parents and guardians children will be prepared for the diversity
of a world that is changing exponentially in many career areas.

From STEM to STEAM to STREAM to CSTEAM, and the areas of higher
academia students of Duval County Public Schools are receiving high
quality educational opportunities. Preparing students for real world careers
that have local, national and global influences.

Taylor Richardson – Fifth Grader

Many students like Taylor Richardson are being prepared for leadership
in STEAM as she prepares for a promising career in space exploration in
the engineering field. Her mother is proactive as many parents are in setting
up opportunities for learning and advocating education outside of the class.
Taylor was the only student in DCPS that attended Space Camp in Alabama
last summer, receiving credits and resources that are literally out of this
world through NASA. She and other students of African American and
Hispanic backgrounds are growing and changing the landscape of careers
once lacking in African American and Hispanics. Girls are gaining in influence,
African American and Hispanic children are gaining hope to excel past their
parents by preparing for higher education, technical schools and vocational
schools that offer lucrative careers that embrace new technologies and
building thought leaders.

The efforts of One X One are showing the transformative power of public
Intellectualism is being embraced and celebrated for all children in DCPS
to prepare for the next Mayors like Mayor Alvin Brown, Superintendents
like Dr. Vitti, business leader like Mr. Anthony Butler of E3 Business Group,
HBCU Presidents like Nat Glover or like President Obama and others in
positions of leadership. “Education is the foundation of progressive and
vibrant societies. “ William Jackson

Where will education take your children is dependent on how involved and
actively engaged parents are and willing to work with teachers and
administrators. Parents should set high expectations and work with their
children to rise to meet and exceed them.

Jacksonville Educational Event
Real Talk.. Real Change “Is It Me??”
A serious discussion on mental health and its effects in the
Jacksonville, Florida community. A free event provided by E3 Business Group
of Northeast Florida.

One By One – Jacksonville Public Education Foundation

Mental Health

Mental Health America Northeast Florida Chapter

Nemours Kids Health

February 10, 2015

Love Your Mental Health

Love Your Mental Health
by William Jackson
Ambassador for E3 Business Group
Supporter of Mental Health In the Black Community

The month of February is traditionally a month to celebrate Amore’ (love);
Valentine’s Day (February 14th) is a day of celebration for the feelings and
excitement of being in love, falling in love and celebrating love. This year
2015 the celebration and excitement is heading in a new direction from
the love expressed through the heart to the love of personal mental
health and wellness.

On Thursday, February 19th national attention will focus on Jacksonville,
Florida when Anthony Butler, Sr. Executive Director of E3 Business Group
facilitates the annual Real Talk… Real Change “Is It Me???”
The 6th annual event and is the largest annual community dialogue in North Florida.
The diverse panelists includes, the Founder and National President of MHIAAC
Carolyn McKenzie.
An engaged dialogue on the mental health status of Americans;
causes, treatments, stereotypes, generational curses, depression, PTSD,
and more.

The engagement of Mental Health specialists, care givers, families and
concerned citizens will have a positive and transformative discussion at
the Main Library in downtown Jacksonville, Florida for several hours of
interactive and engaged dialogue.

Real Talk…. Real Change is a nationally known and respected event that
has addressed serious and sometimes emotional subjects that should be
talked about. The discussions are “Real Talks” that encourage dialogue
on a personal level, clinical level, and societal level and even on
the political side of issues. No holds barred exchange of statistical data,
researched based evidence, personal stories and the integration of the
“human side” of mental health challenges and even success stories.

What makes RTRC different is the “Real Change” component that seeks
to bring about solutions, strategies, resources and networking connections
that bring about “Real Change” in the family, in the community and national
Recognized on a level of journalistic excellence RTRC has been honored by;
The City of Jacksonville, Florida State Attorney’s Office, Florida Department of
Health and Human Services, Florida State Legislature members and Senate
members. Cutting its teeth on subjects that people are hesitant to address,
but need to be talked about. Real Talk… Real Change is a valid arena for
discussion and dialogue.

The growing understanding is that when information is required on community
areas of discussion/dialogue/engagement E3 Business Group with its network
of business owners, business leaders and entrepreneurs is the place to go
to get things accomplished.

The subject of Mental Health in Jacksonville, Florida has been addressed
by the Jacksonville Mental Health in the African American Community
discussion group that 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.
The MHIAAC are making strides to change the perceptions and stereotypes
of mental health, the stigma and even discrimination against those that
are challenged with mental health in gender, age, educational background,
economic classes and other areas that are serious influences to the
potential causes and potential cures.

To obtain additional information visit the Facebook pages of JaxMhaac
Email: or
Join Real Talk… Real Change VI
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Invited to join the Jacksonville, Florida’s largest community dialogue
as the issue of mental health is addressed.
The topic “Is It Me” – A Look At Mental Health & Wellness.
Real Talk…Real Change provides a candid opportunity
to discuss issues of relevancy and importance for
North Florida and Jacksonville communities.
The event will showcase local, regional, and national
authorities and provide opportunities for organizations
to gain volunteers and support from citizens.

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February 5, 2015

Urban Education Symposium 2

The Urban Education Symposium Steering Committee
is inviting the community to attend the
7th Annual Urban Education Symposium:
Reclaiming Young Black Males for Jacksonville’s Future
on Feb. 7 from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
at the Jacksonville Main Library
Register online at
For more information call (904) 766-6553 or

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