95606490_10218193605091641_1132882140686450688_n.jpg

WHAT IS 
MENTAL WELLNESS?

The World Health Organization
defines mental wellness as 

“A state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities can cope with the normal stresses of life can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”   

How can you reach mental wellness?

"IF YOU DON'T TAKE CARE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH,

IT WON'T TAKE CARE OF YOU."

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM

Wellness Action Recovery, Inc., came about with the desire to bring awareness to mental health and to stop suicide through education and positive action.

 

At Wellness Action Recovery, Inc., through education, conversation, and training, the walls of stigma can come down in the Black community and cultures that have never embraced mental health.  Wellness Action Recovery, Inc. is about helping people from all walks of life and backgrounds adults, students, student-athletes, and athletes, break the cycle of shame and get the help they need to get on and stay on the road to mental wellness and recovery.  In other words, teaching people how to fish for their mental wellness by providing resources and helping them find good coping skills. 

 

If you are willing to take care of your mental health, it will take care of you.

Wellness Action Recovery, Inc.'s mission is to continue to raise the importance of mental health and through education to stop the global health crisis known as suicide.  You can live a productive and healthy lifestyle with a mental health condition.

186486280_10220944729468031_460015218556
Screen Shot 2020-11-09 at 9.40.53 PM.png

FONDA'S
STORY

My story isn't over;

FONDA BRYANT

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

FondaB-07.JPG

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 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 realizes, they aren't alone.

 

Fonda serves on the state board of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) NC, volunteers with NAMI Cabarrus County, AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention), MHA of Central Carolinas, and started her own foundation in February of 2020 called Wellness Action Recovery, Inc.  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) in 2018, onboard 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”, filmed a mental health documentary on Depression with Silent Images and Depression Awareness, 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 meet a person in a mental health crisis part of their BLET.  She was a breakout speaker at the 2020 Clemson University Men of Color National Summit.  Recently during the NC Stay Home order, she trained over a thousand people from 25 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 lifesaving training online and in person.

 

She has been awarded 2021 Black Mental Health Symposium Advocate of The Year, 2021 Nexstar Media Remarkable Woman of Charlotte, out of 10,000 remarkable across the country, 2021 Nexstar Media National Remarkable Woman of The Year, 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, MSNBC, PBS, Community Voices with Ron Holland, Patrick Cannon’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. 

 

Her desire to STOP suicide compelled her to get 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, in magazines, or radio, her passion for mental health awareness, helping those who are suffering in silence, and stopping suicide has no boundaries but she’s not DONE;

"Suicide is EVERYBODY'S  Business"