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Meet Venessa Dean Anderson-Abram of Self-Discovery: Pain, Positioning & Purpose

Today we’d like to introduce you to Venessa Dean Anderson-Abram.

Having learned the power of her voice and the individuality that her story of triumph would make one day echo, Venessa Anderson-Abram has dedicated her life to speaking to those whose spirits have been desolate, having felt abused by the cruelties of the world. The Professional Speaker tours the nation spreading awareness and love with messages filled with warmth and embrace for those who need it most. Having found God to be her refuge from the rain, she shields others by redirecting audiences towards their purpose while positioning them to overcome pain and fear. Venessa can be found lighting any room with her presence and command, all the while uplifting those she is called to serve.

Has it been a smooth road?
To whom much is given, must is required and a young Venessa learned this as an adolescent. The reach of her purpose seemed like a burden, oftentimes distancing her from family creating barriers and fear, which caused several mental health challenges to include an attempt on her life. However, her past challenges birthed her business and led to several passion-based projects. The CEO lost her brother due to suicide, shattering her world and she found herself once against gasping for air trying to relearn how to love, live, and laugh when she felt so broken. From the ashes came beauty and she now honors her late brother’s memory through mental health books, podcasts, and other outlets to further raise awareness.

We’d love to hear more about your organization.
Mission: To eradicate suicide by spreading mental health, wellness, resiliency and recovery skills, tools and resources that will educate the community of the importance of mental health. There is no health without mental health.

Self-Discovery: Pain, Positioning and Purpose, Inc. (SDPPP) is a 501c3 nonprofit community organization championing suicide prevention, intervention, postvention and recovery programs that provide multiple peers to peer approaches to increase wellness, resiliency, and protective factors among those at risk for or impacted by suicide. While the statistics on suicide are troubling for every age group, SDPPP offers paths to intervention that encourages individuals, families, and communities to learn the warning signs and get help when help is needed for all age groups. SDPPP works to prevent suicide and foster recovery through evidence-based and trauma-informed resiliency seminars, prevention/postvention training and workshops, and private coaching and mentoring, and coordination of community-based resources and referrals. SDPPP has served over 8000 people since our inception.

SDPPP serves the community by eradicating bullying and suicide one life at a time. Since the pandemic of COVID-19, our world has been turned upside down. Many are suffering loudly by way of mental and emotional health, which results in the incline of suicides, imprisonments, inpatient stays, as well as a surge of homelessness due to mental illness. Since the start of the pandemic, there was a total of 315,281 Georgia case reported. (CDC, 2020). As a result of the condition and the state of mind of those affected by COVID-19, SDPPP will be on the frontline providing evidence-based/trauma-informed mental/emotional/grief/trauma services, proven resiliency Community Resiliency Model (CRM) methods and viable solutions to children, families and communities dealing with mental illness, bullying and suicide. Included will be establishing weekly visits to schools, agencies, and appointments (both virtual and on-site), advocacy/resilience seminars, prevention/postvention/interventions, one on one coaching/mentoring, group coaching and mentoring, providing linkages and gateways to those serviced.

Vision – Healthy Families in the communities will be equipped with mental health, peer-support, suicide prevention, Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP), Whole Health Action Management Plan (WHAM) and Community Resilience Model tools skills and education.

To measure our effectiveness for goal attainment, we will use sign-in sheets from seminars and workshop training, call logs from, program office lines, referral and client follow-up logs, seminar and workshop discussion topics, pre and post surveys to measure that a transfer of knowledge occurred, round-table discussion and feedback notes from community trainings, self-reports from individuals helped, the number of new community partnerships developed, the number of materials created and disseminated.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
GLOBAL… helping the masses at every corner of the world that are suffering due to mental health challenges and lack of mental health education, resources and skills.


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