Full Circle 7.6.18: For the Creatively Maladjusted

Special Guest Bre Williams

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  1. Martha Jarmon says:

    Hello Bre Williams!

    I am studying school counseling with Lamar University, and one of our assignments for this week was to watch the YouTube video on Snapping the Chain: Ending Mental Health Stigma in the African American Community. This video highlighted you and Dewitt Buckingham, and it published on October 8, 2011. The video was amazing!

    My brother used to self-mutilate his arms and he was imprisoned from the effects of drugs. Your testimony gave me a clearer understanding of my brother’s self-mutilation, and Dewitt Buckingham’s testimony gave me a clearer understanding of my brother’s battle with his drug addiction. My brother never could pinpoint why he decided to cut up his arms with razor blades, he said he just did it. There are six siblings and none of us was aware of his mental illness battle until he was imprisoned, and started asking about rehabilitation. He has been on drugs (crack-cocaine) for about 25 years now, and we always thought he just wanted to “get high” but now we know that his addiction is part of his mental illness.

    I am happy to say that my brother has been accepted into the MHMR program and he is in a rehabilitation/recovery center right now. I pray that he will stay on this path of recovery and start the healing process. He has so many family members that want the best for him, and we want him to get the help that he needs.

    I was curious to find out what PEERS was and where it was located. When I pulled up the website and dug a little deeper, I was proud to see your beautiful face with a smile. I am so happy that you are still advocating with PEERS. Keep up the work of sharing your amazing testimony and helping others. I truly enjoyed the YouTube video of Snapping the Chain: Ending Mental Health Stigma in the African American Community.

    May the Lord Bless you and Zion, always and forever!

    M. Jarmon, school counselor-in-training
    July 29, 2018

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