NAMI GA Cobb Educational Speakers Series feat. Author, Felicia Johnson Video & Testimonials

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On February 19, 2015 I had the honor of speaking at The National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI) NAMI Georgia, NAMI Cobb. I was part of their Education Speaker Series. Thank you to President of NAMI Cobb, Mrs. Neill Blake for inviting me out to speak to NAMI Georgia’s Cobb Chapter. Also, thank you to Mrs. Pamela Burton for her support and interest.

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I joined NAMI that evening to discuss my experience in dealing with my own experience with child abuse, depression and losing my childhood best friend to suicide. My best friend, Holly, suffered with depression and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

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I discussed my novel, Her, which is the story of a young girl dealing with BPD that was inspired by Holly and my journey.  My goal was to help bring understanding of BPD within reach of many young people and families afflicted.

It was heartwarming to meet with fans who follow me on on social media and who have read my books. It was so great to see people come out to support the cause. I signed a few books after the Q&A panel where I answered questions about BPD, my survival through trauma and my novel, Her.

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I continue to help many come to terms with mental health & wellness and talk about it with hopes of putting an end to the stigma that is on mental health issues today.

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Testimonials from NAMI GA, Cobb speech:

“After hearing Felicia Johnson speak about her new book, “Her,” I was amazed at her honesty and strength. While sharing feelings of her best friend who was the inspiration for the book, we became more and more interested to hear what she had to say. During the presentation, Felicia’s energy filled the room grasping our attention and I felt her life was completely changed by the relationship she had had with her close friend. I didn’t really know a lot about this mental health challenge, but now know that many people live with this little shared life struggle. From that moment, I wanted to read her book and experience the poetic language and engaging storyline that I knew would be present in the book.” – Mary McCrary

“I learned a lot about BPD and how it can effect those who care about people who suffer with it. Felicia’s story about her and her best friend brought me to tears! I can’t wait to read her book.” – Christine B.

“I wanted to read Felicia’s book to learn more about Borderline Personality Disorder. After I read it, I had to see her speak and she came around near where I live and I was happy to see her speak live. I hope that we’ll get to see her speak again. I think everyone who knows someone who has a mental illness should hear her speak about her struggle and survival and also read her book. She is moving!”  – Terri Johnson

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“I would indeed recommend asking Felicia Johnson to speak… it was an educational talk as well as an inspirational perspective of living with mental illness. I also bought and read Felicia’s novel, Her. I started it last week and read it in just a few days. It kept my attention and gave me some good insights into the dynamics of inpatient facilities. I recommend both Felicia and her book.” – Neill Blake, President of NAMI Cobb, Georgia

Click here to watch the video of the NAMI Cobb Speech.

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Thank you for your support and encouragement at the Georgia’s 2014 Author of the Year Awards

 

Friends, thank you so much for your support and encouragement. While I am not Georgia’s 2014 Author of the Year, I can honestly say that I feel honored to have been nominated. It was a great privilege to be nominated alongside Georgia’s top writers.

Last Saturday night was memorable, thanks to my family and friends who were there to support me in person and in spirit. Although, I didn’t win author of the year, I did receive a huge accolade that I consider to be much more valuable than a piece of paper. It’s an opportunity that is long term and part of a dream that I can see come true very soon. Stay tuned for my blog post about the banquet and awards ceremony. I can’t wait to share the exciting news with you.

Please keep up to date with events and happenings with me and my novel “Her” at http://www.herthebook.com and on Twitter @herthebook!  I would love to follow you so please be sure to follow me. Thank you! ❤

Santa Barbara Women’s Festival Gutsy Gals Inspire Me Awards 2014 – Video

Finally, here’s the video of the Santa Barbara Women’s Festival Gutsy Gals Inspire Me Awards. I was at the festival and awards events because I was nominated for the Gutsy Gals Inspire Me Awards for 2014. I did receive an award in recognition of overcoming childhood abuse and psychological adversity to become and author and inspirational role model as a Gutsy Gal.

In the video, I’m featured around 27:00. I had the privilege to speak about mental health and raising awareness and what we can do to help loved ones who are suffering from depression.

Please check out the video and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

Read about my experience at the awards and about all of the inspiring women who were also nominated and won: https://feejohnson.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/the-womens-festival-and-gutsy-gals-inspire-me-awards-2014/#comments

Also, my novel “Her” is nominated for Georgia Author of The Year Award. The awards ceremony will be held on June 7, 2014. I’ll post more about it soon!

“Her” is available on Kindle through Amazon.com for only $2.99!!! Check it out here!

http://www.amazon.com/Her-Felicia-Johnson-ebook/dp/B00D64V0F6

The Women’s Festival and Gutsy Gals Inspire Me Awards 2014

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Seated, Deborah Hutchison. From left to right, standing: Patty DeDominic, Dana Ochoa, Sally Smeed, Kim Castle, Sonia Marsh, Lee Langley, Dr. Jennifer Conrad, “Twinkle” Marie Manning, Deepa Willingham, Linda Newlin, Felicia Johnson, Razia Jan, Janet Ault.

Let me start off by saying thank you to all of you who helped me get to California for the Santa Barbara Women’s Festival 2014. Thanks to you, I was there to accept an honoree award for my nomination for the Gutsy Gals Inspire Me Award. My award is in recognition of overcoming childhood abuse and psychological adversity to become and author and inspirational role model as a Gutsy Gal. It truly meant the world to me to know that I have so many supporters among friends, family, and fans.

I’d like to recognize those family, friends, and fans who helped me with their love and support. Special thanks to: Writer and fellow nominee Sonia Marsh of Gutsy Living, Dr. Virginia Felder of Roots & Branches, Dustin Johnson, LPC, Jacqueline Lo’Leta Vick, Stand-up Comedian Darkim Marshall, Donzella Fibleuil, Joyce Savage of Make BPD Stigma Free, Writer and Humanitarian Perto Herrera, my wonderful publicist Lauren Stiles of PDAN.org, Barry Johnson, Singer/Songwriter Anon aka Barry Blackson, Fashionista and best sister in the whole world Laura Vick, and Highland Institute therapist Candice Osborn.

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Gutsy Gals Inspire Me Honoree Award

I had such a wonderful time at the Women’s Festivals Santa Barbara thanks to all of the inspiring and incredible women who were there. What I enjoyed most were the stories that everyone who participated shared. Wisdom, courage, bravery, and honor shined from each and every person who had a story to share.

It’s refreshing to know that there are strong, courageous, and beautiful women who are not afraid to be gutsy. It was a great pleasure and deep honor to share the stage with all of the nominees. The Gutsy Gals Inspire Me Awards were a huge success thanks to Deborah Hutchison, founder of Gutsy Gals Inspire Me® and Patty DeDominic, founder of the Santa Barbara Women’s Festival. They are the original Gutsy Gals!

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From left to right: Patty DeDominc, Fee Johnson and Deborah Hutchinson

The Women’s Festival was held at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, California from March 7th to the March 8th. On Sunday, March 9th, I had the honorable privilege to attend a VIP brunch for sponsors and the Gutsy Gal Awards nominees and winners at the house of our host, Patty DeDominic.

I finally was able to meet one of my role models! Sonia Marsh of Gutsy Living. I came in 2nd place in her Gutsy Writing Contest earlier this year.

The nominees for the Gutsy Gals Inspire Me Awards 2014 were: Dana Ochoa, Sally Smeed, Kim Castle, Sonia Marsh, Lee Langley, Dr. Jennifer Conrad, “Twinkle” Marie Manning, Deepa Willingham, Linda Newlin, Felicia Johnson, Razia Jan, Janet Ault, Christina Aguirre-Kolb, Barbara Liss, and Maria Alyokhinam, Yekatrerina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, members of Pussy Riot.

The winners of the Gutsy Gals Inspire Me Awards 2014 are: Razia Jan for the International Award, Deepa Willingham for the National Domestic Award, and Lee Langley for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Actress Kelly LeBrock was The Gutsy Gals Inspire Me 2014 Celebrity Honoree. She gave a wonderful talk about her DUI Arrest and overcoming her problems.

Razia Jan won The International Gutsy Gals Inspire Me Award for starting a girls’ school in Afghanistan where education for girls is frowned upon.

Deepa Willingham won The National Domestic Gutsy Gals Inspire Me Awards because she has advocates to educate children and she fights against sex trafficking.

Lee Langley won the Lifetime Achievement Gutsy Gals Inspire Me Awards because she had the vision at 23 years of age to co-found a school for delinquent boys.

There is no doubt in my mind that these women are the gutsiest and most deserving of such a high honor. Every woman who I was blessed to share the honor of being nominated with are deserving of recognition for their hard work and courage. No one can be compared because we all are great and gutsy women!

International Women’s Festivals and The Gutsy Gals Inspire Me!® Awards in Santa Barbara California

From The Gutsy Gals Inspire Me!® awards Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/GutsyGalAwardNominees

“Gutsy Gals Inspire Me!® award recipients are incredible role models for all. Their stories, once told, become the foundation for possibility,” said Gutsy Gals Inspire Me!® founder, Deborah Hutchison. “By giving our awards at the Women’s Festivals and other events, we hope to launch a movement to inspire girls and women across the world to be courageous, confident, and have the desire to drive their own destinies. The Gutsy Gals Inspire Me!® awards are presented to inspirational and gutsy women.

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“We’re highlighting Gutsy Gal award nominee Felicia “Fee” Johnson today! Fee overcame tremendous physical and psychological adversity to become an inspirational author, mental health worker and child abuse survivor (and ice cream lover) who strives to empower others, particularly youth.

Fee’s debut novel, “Her,” is a survivor’s tale of endurance that illustrates the complex illness of Borderline Personality Disorder. The book currently has a 4.5/5 star rating on GoodReads.com and a 4.6/5 star rating on Amazon.com.

‘Despite every curve ball life has thrown her, Felicia remains stronger and more gutsy than anyone I have known and she inspires me to do my best every day,’one nominator says of Fee. ‘…she lovingly gives of her time and effort to help children who may have no one,’ says another.

To learn more about the phenomenal and fabulous Fee, come to the Gutsy Gals Inspire Me!® Award ceremony at the 2014 Women’s Festival on March 7 & 8! We’ll be honoring her and our other amazing nominees. Thank you for all you do, Fee! We’re proud to call you a Gutsy Gal.”

Come see me in Santa Barbara, California on March 7th through March 9th for the International Women’s Festivals: Building a Better Future for Women and the World. Check out: https://www.facebook.com/womensfestivals for more information.