One Community Partnership 2
This Saturday, October 22nd, One Community Partnership 2 will be on WAVS 1170 AM radio to promote Mental Health Awareness. The Partnership helps young people between 14 – 21 who have challenges with mental health issues.
One Community Partnership 2 (OCP2) is a grant led by the Broward Behavioral Health Coalition (BBHC) in partnership with Broward County to help young people and their families as they transition to become adults. We work with youth between the ages of 14 to 21 who have emotional or behavioral challenges like mental illnesses. Some young people within OCP2 may also experience trauma, addiction, or other issues. We help them get services and supports to become well and stay well in the community.
We provide funding to local agencies in Broward and work with the community to improve the services they provide to people from different backgrounds and cultures, and make sure people can get quick access to services. This is what we call a “System of Care”.
One major service we provide is called “TIP” which stands for Transition to Independence Process – it’s a way for young people to engage with a “TIP Coach” and start to get the help they need. The young person identifies their goals and develops a plan to reach those goals. The program is focused on teaching independence, and life skills to live and work in the community; be self-sufficient, and avoid crisis, drug use, or hospitalization. TIP empowers young people to have a voice in their goals.
YOUNG ADULT RECOVERY STORY
I was born and raised in America; yet, I was raised in a home mirroring the traditions and culture in the West Indies, Haiti. My mother knew the meaning of hard work and made sure my younger sister and I were never in need of anything. Provision is the way she showed her love; however, I didn’t learn how to cope and felt I needed more. In our home affirmations were foreign, which caused me to feel rejected, alone and depressed. At the age of 13, I began cutting myself, as a way to express outwardly the pain I felt inside. After 5 years of self-harm, failed suicide attempts, and self-medicating with marijuana, I was appointed a social worker that helped me start my journey of recovery. I’m aware this way of life isn’t easy; I feel my purpose is to share my experience, strength, and hope to those that are seeking to get better. Today, I am a Wellness Coach at South Florida Wellness Network. I work with young people ages 14-21 that struggle with substance abuse and mental health disorders. I am also in college and looking forward to obtaining my Master’s degree in Social Work. There is a stigma in the Caribbean community about mental health, we don’t talk about it but it can happen to us all. Mental illness is a disease. Yet, we have found that people can get better and stay well. I am a living testimony. For me, it’s an everyday surrender of my power to God.
Shakema Glover was raised in the countryside of St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands. She has over 15 years of experience ranging from healthcare work to community volunteering. Ms. Glover has certificates in behavioral health best practice training that include Leadership, Mental Health First Aid, Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), Whole Health Action Management (WHAM), and Peer Specialist training. Ms. Glover’s life experiences have lead her to provide peer support where she shares her passion of assisting families and youth who are involved in the System of Care through the OCP2 grant.
Please visit ocp2.org for more information about our services.