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ABOUT OUR FOUNDER

FONDA BRYANT

Founder/CEO Wellness Action Recovery
Mental Health/Suicide Prevention Advocate 
Motivational Speaker
Founder of Sanity Not Vanity 

When it comes to speaking out and up for Mental Health issues Fonda Bryant is the person you want in your corner.  She is a true advocate dedicated to educating anyone in her path. She speaks passionately and from the heart about mental health issues from the first-hand experience and is not ashamed because someone identified her struggles many years ago.  She has a story that needs to be heard. She tells it in a way that is not only motivational and inspiring but helps people to open up about their own struggles and realize, they aren't alone.

 

Fonda is serving her second term on the state board of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) NC, volunteers with NAMI Charlotte, the AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention), MHA of Central Carolinas, and recently started her own foundation called Wellness Action Recovery.  A nonprofit organization geared towards putting in the work for mental wellness and recovery through positive actions.  

 

She has several published articles on Mental Health with NAMI National as well as the Charlotte Observer Mom's section and has written for the International Parking and Mobility Institute about getting her Suicide Prevention signs in parking decks across the country. She spearheaded getting the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) on board to have a Mental Health and Wellness Summit to bring student/athletes together with coaches to understand and find better ways of helping them cope with the pressures of being a student/athlete.  She got WSOC TV onboard to do ongoing shows on mental health called, "Charlotte's Hidden Crisis."  She filmed a mental health documentary on Depression with Silent Images and Depression Awareness.  She has worked with the NC Justice Academy putting her story and ideas on film to help better train police officers across the state of NC when they come into contact with a person in a mental health crisis part of their BLET.  She was a breakout speaker ar the 2020 Clemson University Men of Color National Summit.  Recently duing the NC Stay Home order, she trained 600 people from 22 states and 5 countries in QPR (Question Persuade Refer) Suicide Prevention Training for free but she isn't done. She continues to train anyone who wants to take the livesaving training.

 

She has been awarded the MHA of Central Carolinas Outstanding Advocacy Volunteer Award 2019, Girls Too Women, Inc. 2019 Mental Health Advocate of the Year,  the CIT Advocate of the Year Award from CMPD in 2019, in 2018, she was named, by the Charlotte Observer's Charlotte Five as one of six women building the Charlotte Community,  the Community Leadership Award from Genesis Project 2018, and also received the Let's Talk About It Peer Award from Eustressin 2018, for her work in the community with mental health and suicide prevention.

 

Fonda is well known for being a frequent guest speaker on numerous radio and television shows such as Good Day Charlotte, Spectrum News,  Bounce TV,  WCNC-TV, WBTV,  /WSOC-TV, Community Voices with Ron Holland, Patrick Camnon's At The Table, Olympia D's Wellness Wednesday all on Radio One Charlotte, Community Focus with Linda Silver on iHeart Radio, along with numerous podcasts. She has gotten parking decks across the Charlotte area to put up her Suicide Prevention signs to stop suicide and hopes the movement will spread across the US. She has been featured for Suicide Prevention signs in the Washington Post and the Boston Herald and People of Charlotte Community Magazine.  Her QPR Suicide Prevention Training has been featured nationally on CBS Weekend News and Essence Magazine.   She has quickly become the "Face in Charlotte on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.

 

Whether on television, in the newspaper, magazines, or radio, her passion for mental health and stopping suicide has no boundaries.

"Suicide is EVERYBODY'S  Business"