Active Minds Speaker
Abraham Sculley understands the importance of using his story and experiences to educate and inspire others, whether for one-on-one conversations or while speaking to an audience.
During the second semester of his freshman year at the University of West Florida, Abraham fell into a deep depression. At the time he did not know it was depression because growing up in a Jamaican American household, mental health was never talked about nor was how to seek help. He thought to himself, “I can’t be depressed, I am an optimistic guy and I love people.” At the time, he did not understand that what he was experiencing was a mental illness.
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After accepting the advice from a concerned friend, Abraham sought out the counseling services on campus and was then diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. He later decided to withdraw from school to focus on his mental health.
Abraham’s 3-month hiatus helped him to return to school with a new outlook and new vigor. His medical withdrawal did not stop him from completing his degree, it empowered him. Depression became the catalyst for his purpose and he is now a mental health advocate, speaking around the country about his life, his story, and his passion for mental health awareness.
From Abraham’s experience with depression, he now facilitates workshops at the Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast, has spoken to over 1000+ individuals including professionals in health care organizations, for- profit organizations, nationally acclaimed non-profit agencies, college students and professors at major universities.
Abraham graduated from University of West Florida with his bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Abraham is now a certified Mental Health First Aid advocate and uses his passion to inspire others. He continues to use his story to promote the importance of mental health and assist others in reaching their highest potential in their physical, spiritual, and mental health.
- Cultural stigma
- Faculty/staff trainings
- Men and mental health
- Mental health awareness
- Life transitions
- People of color and mental health
- Substance use
- Suicide prevention
“Combatting the Stigma of Mental Health” is designed to encourage and equip students and young adults with the tools and education necessary to engage in the conversation surrounding mental health and mental illness. Through vulnerability, Abraham shares his mental health story and addresses the common myths of mental illness, the negative effects of stigma, and ways to effectively combat stigma.
This presentation tells Diana’s personal story, from aspects of minority mental health like growing up below the poverty line with parents who didn’t speak English, to the power that even the smallest acts of kindness have had on her life. Incorporated within are strategies for maintaining mental wellbeing for ourselves and each other. Though the presentation has an underlying focus on youth, it is suitable for an older audience as well.
Abraham travels from Florida
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