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Release Date: 04.02.2018 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Self Discovery:Pain, Positioning and Purpose

Atlanta Author Launches Multi-City Tour Addressing Mental Illness, Suicide Prevention

Pain, Positioning and Purpose Tour Kicks Off in Atlanta on June 3rd

According to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP), an organization that raises awareness, funds scientific research and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide, each year more than 44,000 people die from suicide, which costs the U.S. almost $70 billion annually.  In fact, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among adults in the United States and the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10 to 24, and the rates are steadily increasing. 

Venessa Abram, an Atlanta author and certified speaker and instructor for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and a junior board member for AFSP, is all too familiar with the trauma, pain and stigma surrounding mental illness, depression and suicide.  Her older brother, a decorated military veteran committed suicide nearly two years ago and she herself had attempted to end her life in years past.  Now as a survivor, Abram has made it her mission to help families heal and educate others about the realities of mental illness, depression and suicide prevention, through an upcoming national speaking tour.

 The Self Discovery: Pain, Positioning and Purpose Tour will be an educational, empowering and inspirational forum for individuals and families struggling with the causes and effects of mental illness, depression and suicide. 

"People who have been personally impacted by mental illness need to know they are not alone," said Abram.  "My older brother, who was a veteran, took his life 16 months ago and since then I have been on a journey of healing and reaching out to see how I can bring more awareness to the ravages of suicide," she shared  "In fact, I too attempted suicide in 2008 and realized that God spared my life for a reason. Now I must do what I can to help remove the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide, and help families heal who have experienced it," Abram said.

Some vital statistics about suicide according to the AFSP, says that approximately 123 people commit suicide every day; for every one suicide, there are 25 attempts; firearms accounted for 51 percent of all suicides in 2016; men die from suicides almost four times as often as women; white men accounted for 7 in 10 suicides in 2016 and the rate of suicide is highest in middle age--among white men in particular.

Portions of the proceeds from the Self Discovery: Pain, Positioning and Purpose Tour will benefit AFSP and their work to fund research to improve interventions, train clinicians in suicide prevention, and advocate for policy that will save lives. During the tour, Abram will also be signing her award-winning signature tour book, “The Valley of Transfiguration: 40 Days with God in My Grief: Pain Positioning and Purpose.” The tour will kick off in Atlanta at the Norcross Ballroom, located at 10 College St., Norcross, GA 30071, on Saturday, June 3rd.   The Self Discovery: Pain, Positioning and Purpose Tour will also travel to Columbia, SC on June 9; Charlotte, NC on July 14; Gary, IN on July 28; New Orleans, LA on August 11; Dallas, TX on August 25; Baltimore, MD on September 22 and Jackson, MS on October 20.

In addition to Abram, other speakers participating in all eight-cities of the tour who will bring encouragement In, enlightenment and inspiration to attendees include Denise Cochran, author, speaker and certified life coach; Norma Stanley, a disability community consultant and advocate, author and singer and Torre A. Stocker, an author, business consultant and mentor. Other speakers participating in the tour in select cities include, Joyce Miles, Jasmine Wright-Tohmeh, M. Nichole Peters, Rebecca Huggins, Kenya Phillips, Ashley Smith, Hope Speaks, Delveccio Riser, Deanna Bookert,Torrey Montgomery, Kimberly McGowan, Pastor L. Renee Box, Lauren Hope and Twylia G. Reid. 

”Mental Illness is an invisible disability that often leads to suicide and in recognition of National Disabilities Awareness Month which is in March, I wanted to let people know that this is something that is becoming an epidemic and is devastating families all around the country,” shared Abram.  “The goal of this tour is to not only educate people about mental illness, depression and the stigma surrounding suicide, but to help instill hope, renewed purpose and a thirst for life, through the powerful messages brought from some amazing speakers, about overcoming those dark periods we all experience at times,” Abram said. 

Tickets to the event in each city, are $25. For more information about the Self Discovery: Pain, Positioning and Purpose Tour or to purchase tickets , go to



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