I am excited
at the opportunity to share with you the lived experiences of mine
and Tova's complimented with research and data to bring to you education,
awareness and advocacy regarding those issues that for so long have
kept people from needed care and assistance. My hopes and prayers
are that we embrace those that live with mental health issues and
co-occurring disorders with more love and respect. We must eliminate
stigma and our other biases regarding these misunderstood illnesses
and move forward to heal mentally, physically, and spiritually. Some
of us are carrying pain and baggage that has been passed down from
generation to generation. The time has come for us to heal. The process
of healing takes time, be patient and do not give up.
I have a genuine
commitment to advocate for those that live with these issues and this
commitment stems from unconditional love for my daughter, Tova who
lives with bipolar disorder. A journey of trials, tribulations, and
the awesome recovery for Tova and I recovered from a brain aneurysm
led to the vision of Tova's N.E.S.T. We both credit our successes
to our faith and the continued love and support of family and friends
throughout our journeys. I have walked the walk - I now must share
hope, because I know recovery is real and it can happen for so many
A special thank
you to my children Trevor, Tova, Terryn, and Beecher IV for their
love, patience, and support throughout my recovery. My children have
taught me to love unconditionally, to make time to smile, to give
with an opened hand, and to start each day a new.
is about "prevention" not "crisis intervention".
We are committed to eliminate stigma, to be a voice, and a drum major
for justice for all communities.
I thank you in advance for taking the time to learn more, to become
advocates, and to get a better understanding of these health issues
that are treatable.
Tracee' L. Black, Executive Director/Founder
Tova's N.E.S.T, Inc.
Tracee and Tova