May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, (National Alliance on Mental Illness) NAMI joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. There is an ongoing need to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies
Shenandoah Chefalo, is an award-winning author, sought-after speaker, and trauma-informed coach and consultant who penned the book, “Garbage Bag Suitcase” about her young life in the foster care system.
Shenandoah experienced a dysfunctional childhood with neglectful, drug and alcohol-addicted parents. This eventually landed her in the foster system where she endured numerous moves in the middle of the night with just minutes to pack, multiple changes in schools, hunger, cruelty, and loneliness.
After some research, she discovered that there were nearly 400,000 children in the foster care system each day in the United States. Out of those children, nearly 61% would age out of the system without having a place to live, 50% would end up incarcerated within 2 years of aging out, and almost 80% of people on death row are former foster alumni.
Dr. Payne is a social psychologist and entrepreneur, author, podcast host, speaker and teacher. He shares the results of his extensive research concerning how to live a quality life with chronic distress, pain, and illness. He also shares his personal exploits as a collector of experiences — even while battling Multiple Sclerosis for decades. Life is too remarkable to sit on the sidelines, even when we’ve got to get more creative about how we get in the game!
Jocelyn Williams lives in Charlotte, NC and earned her Master of Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University in Texas. She has spent her career dealing with child welfare in group homes with high-risk youth, mental health agencies, and juvenile detention centers. Most recently Jocelyn served as a forensic investigation supervisor for 4 years. She is also the author of Soul Your Work.
IG book: https://www.instagram.com/soulyourwork/
Carol Banens left the world of physical therapy after 35 years and became a transformational life coach after losing her husband after a long cancer battle. She realized that at 54 years young she still had a lot of life left to live and started working with coaches to decide what she wanted in this second chapter of life.
Carol Banens Coaching: http://www.carolbanens.com/