National Alliance On Mental Illness NAMI Cobb Educational Speakers Series feat. Author, Felicia Johnson

Educational Meeting Thurs. Feb. 19, 2015

For more information, visit http://www.feliciajohnsonauthor.com.

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Education Speaker Series Presents:Author and mental health advocate, Felicia Johnson, who joins us to discuss her own experience in dealing with a loved one suffering from child abuse, depression and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).  Inspired by her own life story and the journey of her childhood friend, Felicia has authored the novel, Her, which is the story of a young girl dealing with BPD.  Through her book, Felicia helps to bring understanding of BPD within reach of many young people and families afflicted by it and continues to help many come to terms with mental health issues they face.

As a survivor of child abuse and one who deals with mental illness in her personal and work life, Felicia is very involved in efforts to end the stigma of mental illness.  Felicia lives in Atlanta and currently works at the Highlands Institute and volunteers with Youth Villages Inner Harbour and Personality Disorder Awareness Network.

This event is a FREE community service; all are welcome!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

7:30-9:00 p.m.

St James Episcopal Church Parish Hall

161 Church St Marietta 30060

Empowering Our Youth: Journaling and Writing Speaking Engagement Testimonials

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Again, I’d like to say thank you to a group of North Atlanta youth mentors and advocates at LPYG for inviting me to speak to a wonderful group of brilliant kids who are on their way to becoming amazing young writers! I had so much fun speaking and answering questions about how journaling can jump start your writing career. That day, I handed out journals as keepsakes for the children to start writing in their own personal journals. They seemed to be delighted with their gifts. Some of them began writing in their journals immediately! I was overwhelmed by the welcoming atmosphere and the keen interest of the children as I spoke to them about my own personal experience with journaling and how keeping journals had helped me to produce and publish my first novel. Read more about this event here: https://feejohnson.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/encouraging-our-youth-journaling-writing/

Here are testimonials from the the boys and girls and staff:

“It was nice of Miss Felicia to bring us journals. I am going to write in my journal every day because I want to write a book about my life one day.” Shimaya age 14

“I found the session to be educational and fun. I learned that it’s important it keep your journal private so that you can write anything you want inside of it. I never thought that I would want to write in a journal, but it seems like it’s worth a try. ” Jonathan age 15

“The best thing that I can say about Miss Felicia is that she made me feel like anything is possible! Like if I want to write a book, I can and if I want to help inspire other people like me, I can do that. Listening to her story was very encouraging. Some of us go through a lot, but when you do your best, you can do anything.” Kelly age 14

“I was touched by her story and I think that anyone who can get through hard times and stand up and talk to other people to help them are brave. She helped me to appreciate that lot of us have had hard times but when we make a choice to do the right thing, we don’t have to go down that bad route. We can take a path to choose to do good things, like write and journal and help others.” DK age 14

“I’m going to write in my journal as much as I can so that I don’t forget the good memories. Like when Miss Felicia said that she wrote in her journal to remember her friend who had died. I don’t want to forget how she helped us and brought the journals for us. That was one of the nicest things anyone has done. I don’t want to forget this.” Victoria age 15

“Thank you, Felicia, for coming to our little space to speak to our kids. You have made a tremendous impact with your sisterly warmth, kindness, and generosity. I am sure that the kids have thoroughly enjoyed you speaking with them today. We hope that you will come back and visit us again soon!” Sharon K. – Youth Advocate and Mentor

**For more information about Felicia Johnson and other events please click here to visit http://www.feliciajohnsonauthor.com.

Also, please write to Felicia at herthebook@gmail.com if you would like to educate, inspire and empower your group, Felicia Johnson is just what your event needs! Felicia’s message is inspired by hope , original, motivational and educational. For over five years, she has been empowering audiences both small and large as a Speaker, Author and Advocate for youth, mental and behavioral health and creative arts.

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First Live Televised Interview with WTOC Channel 11 + Special Surprise!

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Tune in July 3 at 10:00 am on Channel 11 Mid-Morning Live to see my for my first TV interview! I will travel down to Savannah to the WTOC studio, and I am so excited!

I will be speaking to Jody Chapin about my past experiences with abuse and mental health, as well as my novel, Her. There will also be a special announcement, so make sure you catch it live! If you aren’t in the state of Georgia, you can also live stream it by clicking here.

See you then, friends!

A review of Her by Lauren Stiles of Personality Disorder Awareness Network (PDAN)

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Eye contact is well-known social norm. It signals attention, and can communicate a feeling of understanding and honesty. Kristen, who has awoken in a mental health institute after a suicide attempt, misconstrues and abhors eye contact. In the novel Her, by Felicia Johnson, Kristen feels a heavy negative connotation when people look at her, and lashes out at them for “staring” at her. Through her interactions with facility staff and patients, and eventually family and friends, it is found that Kristen suffers from a condition known as Borderline Personality Disorder, or BPD. Recommended for those with BPD or those living with them, Her is a perfect window into the mind of someone with a mood disorder.

Although it is eventually the actions of an abusive step father that send Kristen to the point of suicide, it is clear that cumulative damage has been done by her mother over the years. Although not technically seen as abuse, a child forced into responsibility in a single-parent household is trauma in its haziest form. Appeals to support the family, and the sensory odor of threatening coffee breath call up all-to-familiar a memory from my own past and make me sad to realize that the conditions facilitating a BPD diagnosis are all too prevalent and are prone to repeat themselves.

For instance, Kristen’s stepfather abused his son because he had himself been abused. The histrionic behavior of Kristen’s mother is exhibited in Kristen herself, but is exaggerated by abusive conditions. This book deals honestly and openly with these hard subjects, and can certainly help a survivor of abuse to come to terms with what happened in an easily digestible manner. Any person would benefit from the anger management and coping skills classes described in depth in the book, and if practiced widely, maybe less abuse would exist in the first place.

Regardless of the current preference to only diagnose those 18 or older, this book talks about the importance of mental health at even an early age, as it is the youth that is affected greatest by domestic violence, mental or physical. The greatest tool we have in safety of our children is education for prevention. In the end, hope prevails, and her doctor provides a motivation to her and to thousands of others. “Now that you are aware of what it is – your illness, which is Borderline Personality Disorder – you have to think about what you know and use it for your survival.”

– Lauren Stiles of Personality Disorder Awareness Network (PDAN)

http://www.pdan.org

Her by Felicia Johnson – A novel that takes the reader into the mind of someone who suffers with Borderline Personality Disorder

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Her by Felicia Johnson a novel about BPD. Get your copy today!

Her by Felicia Johnson is a fictional novel. It is about a 17 year old girl named Kristen. Kristen suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder. The novel is written from Kristen’s point of view so that the first person narrative can take the readers into the mind of someone who suffers from BPD. Kristen struggles with understanding her mental illness, treatment, and recovery after a suicide attempt. Eventually, Kristen learns that in order to be a survivor, she must understand and acknowledge her personality disorder and what it takes to actually become a true survivor. Kristen draws strength from her peers, her doctors, and her family. This is a story about mental health, child abuse, and survival.

Her by Felicia Johnson is now for sale on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. Please click here to connect with the author and other readers!

Cheers!

–XF

Her: The Novel Presale Starts Today!

Hello Everyone!

Today is May 1st and presale for my debut novel Her starts today. Thank you all so much for your support. As you know, this is the novel I dedicate to my late best friend, Holly aka Holls. This book was written to spread awareness about Borderline Personality Disorder. It’s meant to help others get a glimpse into what it’s like to suffer with BPD.

If you’d like to connect with me and others on Facebook to share your story please click here and “like” my page!

if you’d like to read more about Her: The Novel you can click here to read the description and purchase it.

Thank you! I look forward to connecting with you.

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Her: The Novel – Depression – BPD

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Her: The novel by Felicia Johnson

In many ways, Kristen Elliott is a normal, seventeen-year-old girl. Kristen loves her family. She works hard academically, and tries to please her mother. She takes on the additional responsibility of caring for her twin siblings, Nick and Alison. She idealizes her best friend, Lexus, who not only seems to lead the perfect life, but also catches the attention of John, the boy Kristen secretly loves. However, as is the case with many teenagers, Kristen feels frustrated, isolated, and confused.

In other ways, Kristen is not like other kids her age. She knows something is wrong with her. Kristen feels like an utter failure. She is unable to please her abrasive mother, and scared to confront Jack, her abusive stepfather. She is also unable to protect Nick from Jack, making her fell all the more helpless. Adding to her problems, she knows she will never be as beautiful as her best friend Lexus. Kristen finds solace in self-injury, and the company of Mr. Sharp, her imaginary friend who encourages her feelings of self-loathing.

After a failed suicide attempt, Kristen is placed in the Bent Creek mental hospital, where she is diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. While in the hospital, she meets a group of peers suffering with their own mental illnesses, and a compassionate staff of doctors and counselors. From there, Kristen begins her journey to survival. She discovers the circumstances that brought her to this breaking point, struggles to understand her mental illness, and fights to be a survivor against her own worst enemy: her self-blame.

Kristen’s tale of endurance illustrates the complex illness of Borderline Personality Disorder. Readers – including those suffering from BPD and their friends and family – can glean insight into the illness from Kristen’s humanity. Her story is an example of how, if we try to push the past away, we are either doomed to repeat it or let it haunt us to our graves.

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