Success Stories

  • “Mental Health Can Affect Anyone..from Corporate, to your Blue Collar, Children”

    Patrick Williams is an advocate for recovery that we interviewed for our May is Mental Health Month E Newsletter. View his story on our YouTube channel here.
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  • Pain is Pain, and it Hurts

    Kevin Ramsey is the baby of the family with an older brother and sister. He grew up in Whitehall, near eastside of Columbus. At six years young, Ramsey watched his father suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He would go to the pharmacy with him to pick […]
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  • Removing the Rearview Mirror

    Michael Stovall, 61, grew up in a household with three younger sisters in Columbus, Ohio. He was introduced to heroin at the tender age of 12 years old. Although Michael had experimented with heroine and crack cocaine, he successfully obtained his cosmetology license and traveled around the globe. […]
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  • Monumental Loss Fuels Sobriety

    Tami grew up in Whitehall and struggled with anxiety throughout her childhood. She was prescribed Xanax when she was 15 years old to help alleviate the issue; however, she became addicted and sought out other drugs. She became addicted to opiates and benzodiazepines. Tami continued to abuse […]
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  • A Mother’s Fight for Sobriety

    Every day, Emily wakes up with her daughters. She gets them ready for school, drops them off and then heads into work. After work, she picks up her daughters, makes dinner and helps them with their homework. For Emily, this is a great life. However, in 2014, […]
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  • Sally Finds Success in the Sunshine and an Active Life

    Sally Shaffer lives a very active life, but it has taken her a while to manage living with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and major depression. Shaffer began to notice her symptoms when she was in her twenties, but said that her story began before her diagnosis and […]
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  • Recovery Through Music and Helping Others

    Gary Krafthefer, Jr. is a mild-mannered man of few words.  He is in recovery and sober. He spends his days celebrating life with his two sons. However, Krafthefer had battled homelessness and severe alcoholism just years earlier. When Krafthefer was 11 years old, he was diagnosed with […]
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  • Success through Perseverance and Faith

    Tamika Johnson suffered major losses in her life, but through her faith in God, she was able to overcome her struggles. However, Jonhson’s journey to happiness was full of challenges, including mental health and substance abuse issues. After the death of her father, Johnson became suicidal, but didn’t seek […]
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  • Tim’s Story: A Place to Call Home

    Years ago, Tim Wheat could have been found sleeping in empty parking garages and various homeless camps throughout Columbus. Now, you’ll find him in his home, a place he can truly call his own. Tim’s struggles began at a young age. He had his first drink when […]
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  • Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out! 

    September is National Recovery Month, an observance that educates Americans on addiction treatment and mental health services that can enable those with substance use or mental health disorders to live healthy lives. This year marks the 25th year for Recovery Month and the theme is Join the […]
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  • Duane Crooks – Small Progress Leads to Big Changes

    Duane Crooks is quite the optimist. The OSU graduate was dual-diagnosed with schizoaffective bipolar disorder in 2003. Instead of defining himself by his diagnosis, he defines himself by who he is; a man with hopes and dreams who also happens to have a mental illness. In 2004, […]
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  • Stories of Success: Tonika Mason

    According to SAMHSA’s National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (2002-2007), an estimated 8.3 million children under the age of 17 are living with a parent addicted to alcohol or drugs. Children of addicted parents are often subjected to physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Tonika Mason had one […]
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  • Kelli Ramey Living with Mental Illness

    Stories of Success Kelly Ramey
    Ever since her youth, Kelli Ramey, has known what it is like to live with mental illness. “I was almost expelled in kindergarten,” Ramey remembers. “I knew I was different, my parents and teachers knew I was different, but nobody could understand why.” At a young age, […]
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  • Success Through Faith

    Stories of Success Thell Robinson
    Thell Robinson III, a towering man of almost six feet, had a hardened smile and a firm handshake. To see him now, no one would think that the dapper businessman had previously been a well-known drug dealer. Sobriety had transformed him. Thell’s desk was covered with inspirational […]
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  • Hello my name is Lutrecia.

    I am a Franklin University college student, avid reader and proud employee of Southeast Inc.’s Project Work.  I was born in Anchorage Alaska, where my father was stationed in the military. I have lived in Columbus ever since moving when I was six.  My life has not […]
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  • Hello my name is Ron.

    I am a grandfather, hard worker and respected community member. I have my own apartment and a steady job as a skilled lawnmower. I work hard every day to make a life for myself and to give back to the community. When I was 22-years-old I was […]
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  • Hello my name is Deidra.

    I am a mother, music lover and Ohio State alum with a degree in psychology. I work at The P.E.E.R. Center (Peers Enriching Each Others’ Recovery), where I provide support for people in recovery from mental illness, substance abuse and trauma.  From early morning logistics to nightly […]
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