She Speaks Wellness: Mental Health and the Church

From the May Issue May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this is a clarion call to the church. As the church doors open, they are not well-prepared to address the emotional wounds. People are returning with job loss, grief, fear, depression, and physical conditions not recognizing the seriousness and remaining silent. Do we hear the modern-day voices of Elijah, Job, and Jeremiah who suffered … Continue reading She Speaks Wellness: Mental Health and the Church

Mental Health Awareness

By Damita Miller-Shanklin Source: Warning Signs of Suicide – SAVE There have been several high-profile suicides on our newsfeed lately. It seems alarming that these individuals found taking their life was their answer to all the reasons they made that final decision.  Communities around the nation have preventative care through talk therapy, medication, but make sure the person calls someone for help. For any assistance, … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness

Holiday Grief and Loneliness

By Dr. Awa Jangha We are all in the midst of the holiday season. There are people who are not happy during this time of year and It is okay not to feel happy and full of cheer. There are many reasons people feel down during the holidays. It can range from losing a loved one to a traumatic event that may have happened in … Continue reading Holiday Grief and Loneliness

The Champions Behind the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference

  Collective Impact is the words I would use to describe the CTAAFSC.The Austin Independent School District has been involved in the conference for many years. I have been involved for the last two years in the planning committee. My perspective is one that has been shaped by the stories I have heard from our students, families, educators and community partners that I have had … Continue reading The Champions Behind the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference

Sonya Hosey: The Strengthening of Families and Individuals through the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference

by Damita Miller-Shanklin Ujima: How long have you been a part of the CTAAFS conference or board member? Sonya: I became aware of the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference (CTAAFSC) in 2002. The keynote speaker was Dr. David Satcher the former 16th Surgeon General of the United States and the Assistant Secretary of Health. His keynote and the conference enlightened me on the … Continue reading Sonya Hosey: The Strengthening of Families and Individuals through the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference