We are so excited to bring you the next live #IfYouCouldSeeMe event on January 11th here in Richmond!
You can get your tickets HERE:
We have another group of INCREDIBLE women bravely sharing their stories of triumph, strength, and truth. We laugh, we cry, we hug, and you will leave feeling wrapped in love and highly entertained.
“‘The goal is to normalize conversations around mental health. And to acknowledge that every person can be impacted by a mental health diagnosis or by a disability.“ In a day and age with a strong stigma around mental health, #IfYouCouldSeeMe provides people dealing with mental health diagnoses the safe, loving arena to share their stories in a healthy manner.
#IfYouCouldSeeMe simultaneously incorporates individuals who do not experience mental health diagnosis with those who do by developing an intimate relationship between storytellers and the audience.
‘Our message is that mental health is health,’ Mahone said. “Mental health is relevant to everyone. And being a person with a mental health diagnosis doesn’t mean you are without value, or without worth.”
Excerpt from an article published in RVA Magazine in September 2018 https://rvamag.com/tags/erin-mahone
Meet our AMAZING participants:
Traci Jones was a co-founder of Trillium Drop-In Center in Woodbridge, VA and the founder and Executive Director of Rise Phoenix Rise, an animal-assisted wellness program for mental health peers. Traci has served on many various boards, including the Regional Recovery Work Group in Northern Virginia and currently with VOCAL., a statewide peer mental health group. She is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a certified Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) facilitator, certified in Mental Health First Aid, certified in REVIVE (naloxone administration for opioid overdose), is SMART Recovery certified and has earned a BS in Psychology and a MA in Human Services. She is currently a PhD candidate in Organizational Leadership. She has previous work experiences at ChildHelp, USA, a residential treatment facility for children, ACTS/Turning Points, a domestic violence program in Prince William County, VA, and at Friends 4 Recovery, a peer-run center in Chesterfield, VA.
Traci has many struggles, both mentally and physically. She is legally blind and has some hearing loss. She has a mitochondrial mutation which affects her nerves and causes chronic problems and pain, she finds herself hospitalized frequently. This does not stop her. Her resilience drives her to help others. Her motto is “it is what it is, everyday is an adventure.” She strives to help everyone be their best.
Sarah is the Founder of The Learning and Integrating New Knowledge and Skills Center, Inc. (The LINKS Center, Inc.). a nonprofit organization that provides support services to families caring for children diagnosed with mental illness. Sarah uses her lived experience to encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to move from hopelessness to wholeness. Her work includes, Certified Parent Support Provider, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, Youth Counselor, CASA Guardian Ad Liten volunteer. She is a dedicated and committed Sexual Trauma, Domestic Violence and Mental Health Advocate. Sarah is a member, facilitator and Board member for NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Illness.