Cheryl N. Mims,is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Vallejo, CA who has 20 years of combined experience in Social Services and Corrections, and is now a doctoral candidate completing her dissertation:"Family Madness: The Impact on African-American Children Growing UpWith A Caretaker Who Has A Mental Disorder". This is more than a theoretical topic for her as she has personal knowledge of the matter, having grown up as the youngest child and only daughter with a mother diagnosed with Schizophrenia.
Terrie M. Williams,Author of “Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting” and Co-Founder of “The Stay Strong Foundation” is a clinical social worker by training who became a successful public relations pro by her own design. Terrie has emerged as a passionate advocate for youth and those who battle depression. Her 4th and most recent book, "Black Pain:..." tells untold stories of depression among African-Americans as well as her personal story of chronic and crippling depression-a revealing narrative she shared in the June 2005 issue of ESSENCE magazine.
Through her Stay Strong Foundation, Terrie has launched the national mental health advocacy campaign "Healing Starts With Us." She is quoted as saying her passion is "Empowering the people I encounter by sharing stories of pain and triumph!"