McClendon is What I Need, It’s What I Was Missing

In a recent feature for Youth Cast Media Group, Ivan Taylor spoke about how McClendon Center President Sheandinita Dyson got through to him during his darkest days.

Despite the strong stigma attached to mental illness in Ivan’s community, he was drawn to McClendon Center’s open arms.

It was the only place he could go to comfortably express his needs and receive help for the complex issues in his life. Even while in prison, he received regular check-in calls from McClendon Center staff, letting him know that he had not been forgotten.

Watch Ivan’s Testimonial

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September is National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month.

Do you know someone struggling with substance use?

It’s not easy, but with the right treatment, support, and resources, recovery is possible for everyone. 

If you or someone you know is suffering with substance use, help is available–no matter where you are or who you are, you are never alone. Because recovery requires a holistic approach, families, friends, and caregivers play a critical role in the healing journey. You’ve heard the phrase “it takes a village?” Well, when it comes to substance use and mental health, truer words were never spoken.

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to substance use or mental health struggles, which means everyone’s healing journey looks different.

At McClendon Center, we’re here to support each and every individual as they navigate the journey to becoming their best selves, but we can’t do it without you. 

You’re part of the village, whether you recognize it or not.

Celebrating a Pioneer of Equitable Mental Health

When 14-year-old Emmett Till was lynched in 1955, it sent shockwaves through the entire African American community. Over 75 years later, the events of that day still gnaw at our nation’s conscience, especially in the face of continued police brutality against unarmed Black civilians like George Floyd. For generations, racially-based trauma has been passed down and through ethnic communities in which mental illness is still taboo.

That’s why Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month exists–because minority groups have never been given the space to properly process their trauma. They’ve been expected to repress it and move on, which is the opposite of healing.

Thanks to mental health champions like Bebe Moore Campbell, minority mental health is finally part of the public discourse.

Bebe’s writing was some of the first to shed light on the generational toll of racial trauma. Her 1992 book, Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine, based on the lynching of a fictional stand-in for Emmett Till, explores the ripple effect of his murder on subsequent generations of his family. Her 2003 Children’s book, Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry, looks at the life of a young girl whose mother struggles with a mental illness.

We hope that Bebe’s legacy will inspire you to use your voice, ignite your passion for change and help shape a world where everyone’s mental health matters.

To learn more about Bebe Moore Campbell, check out this article article her life and lasting impact.

Mental Health Champions: Meet Sheandinita Dyson

As a part of its series profiling Mental Health Champions, Sheandinita Dyson, McClendon Center’s President and CEO, was recently interviewed by Authority Magazine.

A proven, compassionate, and respected leader, Sheandinita has extensive compliance and management experience across the behavioral healthcare industry and a nearly two-decade-long track record of successfully helping to meet the needs of some of DC’s most vulnerable residents.

She has ascended the leadership ranks since joining the McClendon Center over a decade ago, becoming the first woman to lead the organization since its founding in 1980.

Get to know Sheandinita and learn more about our work across the Washington, DC community in this Authority Magazine Q&A profile

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Mental Health is Health. Help Us Spread the Word.

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If you’ve ever struggled with a mental illness, you know how challenging it can be to overcome. Imagine if you were also experiencing homelessness, joblessness or another health issue such as drug addiction or diabetes at the same time. That’s what over a third of McClendon Center’s clients are facing today.

Challenges this complex and deeply-rooted don’t have a one size fits all solution. What’s needed is whole person-centered care that’s culturally appropriate. And, that’s why McClendon Center does what it does—so that no one in our community gets forgotten.

May is Mental Health Awareness month, and the need for bold and innovative solutions has never been more urgent.

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