Education is Key!

Removing the Stigma

Mental health & substance use problems and illnesses occur with a wide array of diagnoses and varying severity. Many people with these conditions require only a short-term intervention to help them cope successfully with a less severe Mental Health & Substance Use problem, such as anxiety or distress caused by loss of a loved one, loss of a job, or some other life-changing event; to help them change their unhealthy behaviors, such as criminal or gun violent, heavy drinking or drug experimentation; or to prevent their condition from worsening. People with mental illnesses—such as severe anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, or physiologic dependence on alcohol or some other drug—require treatments of longer duration. Sometimes the illnesses become chronic, as is the case with such diseases as diabetes, asthma, and heart disease in older persons.

What we can see for ourselves—our teenager’s friend battling anorexia, our friend’s spouse with a drinking problem, our own family member recovering from depression, or our child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)—is reflected daily in the first-person accounts of public figures about their own Mental Health & Substance Use illnesses and recovery. We hear of newswoman Jane Pauley’s treatment for and recovery from bipolar illness; astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s recovery from alcoholism and depression; former First Lady Betty Ford’s recovery from alcoholism; actress Drew Barrymore’s recovery from depression.

“a person with mental illness can recover even though the illness is not “cured”...

[Recovery] is a way of living a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life even with the limitations caused by illness.

Regardless of the nature of their conditions, what all people with Mental Health & Substance Use problems and illnesses have in common is the hope that when they seek help for their condition, they will receive care that enables them either to eliminate it or to manage it successfully so that they can live happy, productive, and satisfying lives—care that enables them to recover. Often that first point of contact is not healthcare professionals but advocates like M.I. Mother's Keeper.

Dr. Marubian Affinii

Healthy D.C. & Me Leadership Speaks!

Overseer Dr. Ann Coles II
Healthy D.C. & Me Leadership Coalition Board of Directors

Cynthia Robinson
Healthy D.C. & Me Leadership Coalition Board of Directors

Michael Mcgee
Bowie State University

Arnetta Rogers
M.I. Mother’s Keeper Board Member

Cheromia Hightower
M.I. Mother’s Keeper Board Member

Alethia Grooms
M.I. Mother’s Keeper Board Member

Yvette Gayles
M.I. Mother’s Keeper Board Member

Quenton Alexander
CQC Mental Health Services

Thomas Carpenter
Healthy D.C. & Me Leadership Coalition Board of Directors

Brian White
Halftime Graphics & Promotions LLC

Fred Hill
Gotta Go Now LLC

Kenneth Clark
Uncut Live Productions

Monique-Michelle Smith
M.I. Mother’s Keeper Board Member

Gail Avent
Total Family Care Coalition

Jhuti Ta Seti
Healing Hands Massage Institute

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Christopher Gassaway
M.I. Mother’s Keeper
Honorary Board Member
Mental Health Peer & Advocate

Pastor Pinder

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Jimmy Garvin
Marlton Golf Course

Rufus “Catfish” Mayfield
Pride-Destiny Inc.
“A D.C. Legend”

Dr. Edwin C. Chapman

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