“Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, it’s still an illness, and there should be no distinction.” — Michelle Obama

“Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, it’s still an illness, and there should be no distinction.” — Michelle Obama

The only shameful thing about mental illness is the stigma attached to it.

A lack of understanding when it comes to these disorders can leave sufferers feeling isolated and hopeless. Only 25 percent of people with mental health issues feel that people are caring and sympathetic toward their struggles, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There are many people who are fighting against the stigma associated with mental illness — but sometimes it can be hard to remember that in a world full of bias. That’s why we’re thankful for these inspiring quotes from some of society’s most progressive minds. From presidents to doctors, the individuals below totally capture the frustrating battle that comes with mental health disorders.

Just remember: You are not alone.


Being diagnosed with a long history of family violence, marital abuse, codependency as the caregiver and depression has been a long and tough road. A road that has alienated me from my four daughter’s for years now as their father Mr. Sasser for some reason out of pure evilness has pretty much turned my girls against me. Even though there has never been any question, hint, suggestion, implication nor accusation as to any wrong doing as a mother nor as a wife in the 20 plus years I have known Mr. Sasser and Mr. Sasser has been fairly legally represented during the course of the divorce with no complaints and the custody and visitation hearings with no complaints either. Having been damned by man and Rockdale County for being in the hospital for family violence, marital discord and depression. Alienated and estranged from my four girls.

I have my degree in Business/Legal Office Administration along with my Paralegal Certification and have currently been working in the health field as a personal support assistant helping the physically and mentally challenged daily. Which has been a wonderful experience for me as I am working towards obtaining my CPS Certified Peer Specialist Certification through The GA Mental Health Consumer Network to work in therapy with the mentally challenged helping them to tell and live out their recovery stories. I am also a graduate of The Respect Institute of GA associated and affiliated with The GA Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. I have also attended the GPSI GA Peer Support Institute training by receiving scholarship from the State of Georgia. As I continue to work with the physically and mentally challenged I pray that I will soon have my CPS Certification and be able to work closer with those who suffer from mental illness but have a story to tell and one that needs to be heard such as mine.

I have been an advocate for children for over twenty years now and for those who suffer from mental illness diagnosis for over ten years now. Along with being an advocate against family violence and hopefully getting my story out there as to how me and my children slipped through the cracks of The Rockdale County Judicial Circuit ten years ago and were separated overnight them forever losing their mother even to current date despite the many court hearings I have won on mine and all my daughter’s behalf. Mr. Sasser does not seem to understand or get the full picture that their life is best with me in it as their mother even though he has been told so many times over.

I have a dream and desire for children to have their own legal representation during a divorce process and NOT the divorcing parent’s attorney. Their own representation. Their very own attorney. I received notification on facebook that Charli’s Law had received over 95 new views and hope that people are beginning to understand that I am a fighter and not a quitter and as I have proven it is possible to recover from family violence and to continue to grow as being employed in the health field assisting others with physical and mental disabilities.

I was fortunate enough to have my very own legal representation as a young girl and it proved to be a very positive and worthwhile relationship. As being represented by Honorable Ozburn I was able to go on to graduate Newton County High school, Work at Ridgecrest Baptist Conference Center as a day camp counselor, go on to get married and adopt three step daughter’s. Attend and graduate college and perform my internship with Esquire Mr. John Strauss, Sr. of The Newton County Public Defender’s Office and to even further go on having a strong and close relationship with View Point Health of GA and The GA Mental Health Consumer Network teaching many classes to my Peers along with attending many training classes and conferences along my journey. Now onto obtaining my CPS Certification for the State of GA.

The requirements to becoming a CPS include :

I want this state of GA to know that there have been 1000+ Georgia Certified Peer Specialists Since October 2001.

And the requirements include:

> Candidates must have diagnosis of mental illness or a dual diagnosis of mental illness and addictive disease and must desire to identify themselves as a person with mental illness current or former consumer of mental health services.

> Applicants must hold a high school diploma or GED and may be requested to provide a copy of this document.

> Must demonstrate strong reading comprehension and written communication skills as indicated on their responses on the pre – test which is part of the application.

> Must have demonstrated experience with leadership, advocacy or governance.

> Must be well grounded in recovery

These facts are taken directly from the Certified Peer Specialist brochure.

The motto of the CPS being “Each One Reach One.”

I plan to continue to work in the health field pursuing my CPS Certification and hopefully working for The GA Mental Health Consumer Network or View Point Health one day in my future.

Huffington Post on facebook had shared this quote today and I felt it important to share it with my community at my Covington News Blog.








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