#MentalHealthInitiative

The #MentalHealthInitiative was birthed out of the need for people in the Community to have a voice and platform to share their own experiences and hardships in life and get answers from professionals on sight.  Too many people suffer quietly and this is their opportunity to get help.

VIRTUAL TOWN-HALL

The HealthJox Virtual Town-hall meeting was created for Professionals in the Mental Health & Wellness Industry and Community Members to share information regarding mental health with the hopes of improving quality of life for all.

PANELISTS

COACH TED GUSTUS - MASTER OF CEREMONIES

Motivational Speaker


Coach Gustus and his amazing wife, Karen are approaching their 40th Wedding Anniversary this June 28th. They are proud parents of three (3) successful daughters. During Coach’s 47 years as a basketball coach on all levels, he has won numerous championships on and off the court. He has personally witnessed hundreds of his players move on to highly successful lives and careers in the NBA, Hollywood, broadcasting, teaching and more.  He has received citations, proclamations, and letters from NYC’s Mayor, Governor, City Councils, Assemblymen and women, Congressmen, and a letter from President Barack Obama for his lifetime achievements. He worked 38 years as a teacher/Peer Mediator/Crisis Intervention/Conflict Resolution Coach in the NYC Public elementary, middle schools and high schools. He is presently founder of the One Breath-Breathe Life Transformation Coaching. Author of three books.   He serves as the NYC PSAL Borough of Brooklyn HS Boys Basketball Commissioner. 


As one of the strategic Partners of HealthJox, Coach Gustus brings his valuable relationships and ability to the table to share the message of "One Breath" and Health to people in America.

DR. FAITH BROWN - HOST

Mental Health Expert

Dr. Faith Brown, Counseling Psychologist, Performance Strategist, Business Mentor, Author, Speaker, & Expert Panelist coaches individuals and corporate entities in posturing for next level positioning. She leverages her knowledge in neuropsychology with more than 25 years in the corporate sector to facilitate personal and professional development. She believes that every relationship embodies an element of psychology. Integral to that is understanding the oneness of self – the vertical relationship (mind, body, and spirit) as it is key to the success of horizontal relationships – relationship with others, personal and corporate. 

 

Dr. Brown’s seminal research and publication on the state and mental health of oncologists lead to the founding of The Brown Wellness Group in New York City and to the online production of her eBook entitled “Burnout – The Gift”. She has lectured extensively on the Health and Resiliency of Physicians, The Power of Collaboration Within the Workplace, The Power and Brilliance of Women, and The Impact of Social Media upon the Helping Professions. She has received numerous awards from the healthcare industry and seeks to show others how to manifest love and rewards in their own lives.  


BISHOP LESTER BRADFORD

Mind/Body/Spirit Balance

Bishop Bradford is the founder of the "TTN Ministries" which produces the internationally broadcasted "TTN Radio Show", "Standing In The Gap" which is an annual prayer conference, "The Enlightener Magazine" which is a magazine that documents their missionary work locally and abroad and "Prayer Jam", which is their annual gospel concert produced in St. Johns, Antigua, West Indies.

KAREN DRAKEFORD, LCSW

(Self/Community Empowerment) Holistic Psychotherapist - MutsMer.org

Karen Drakeford, LCSW"Create an empowered you!"  Karen has been a licensed clinical social worker for over 35 years. During this time she had balanced being a school social worker for the NYC public school system for almost 30 years with running her own wholistic private practice - Mut's  Mer, Ltd. Her private practice is a blend of various clinical and alternative techniques that focuses on empowering individuals/couples/ families/communities by providing the tools needed to become more in tuned with yourself as well as the environment around you. Critical thinking and awareness is crucial to the survival of our families and communities, as well as setting the foundation for the next generations.Karen is also available for consultations/public speaking/workshops For further information: spectryms@yahoo.com


PHIL HARRIS

Surviving Trauma

Fashion Designer and Jewelry Artisan, Phil Harris brings a realistic day-to-day insight to the panel with real-life examples of issues that faces individuals in our Community from a mental health standpoint.  His story makes us aware of the results of bullying, abuse, disrespect, misunderstanding and misrepresentation in life.

JOSEPH WATSON

Community Mentorship

With 20 years of experience working within various companies and organizations to develop human capital, Joseph Watson is the founder of one of the 21st Century’s most innovative and effective youth and young adult mentoring organizations... "Menturnship Organizations".  With the cornerstone of their services centered on mental health and wellness (MHAW), the Menturnship Organizations’ creativity, is credited for its integration of MHAW within each of its programs, especially the Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Initiatives with over 12,000 group participants.


NIGEL CALDON 

Financial Literacy   

Nigel was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Awarded a Presidential Scholarship to study economics at Hampton University. He then returned to NYC to complete his Bachelors in Economics at New York University. He worked in credit derivative markets at Goldman Sachs and Old Lane before founding The Street Academy for Financial Literacy, a non-profit serving over 1000 NYC youth annually. Today, Nigel is the Co-founder and COO at BALLSTAR.