Mental Health, Crisis Intervention

Self Discovery Pain Positioning and Purpose Inc



Suwanne, GA


To educate the community around the importance of mental health, mental illness, suicide prevention and bullying through evidence-based workshops, seminars, trainings, conferences and peer to peer support that will break the stigma attached to mental illness and promote healing, resulting in ending suicides.

Notes from the Nonprofit

As a suicide-survivor I would like to change the world by imparting resilience, recovery and wellness strategies that will result in eradicating suicide.

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Executive Director

Venessa D. Abram

Main Address

PO Box 723

Suwanne, GA 30024 USA

Formerly Known As

Self-Discovery with Venessa


Advocacy, Mental Health Awareness, Bullying, Suicide Prevention,





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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What we aim to solve

SDPPP will serve the community by eradicating bullying and suicide one life at a time. Since the pandemic of COVID-19 our world has been turned upside down. Many are suffering loudly by way of mental and emotional health, which results in incline of suicides, imprisonments, inpatient stays, as well as a surge of homelessness due to mental illness. Since the start of the pandemic there was a total of 632,548 case reported, and 27,012 deaths reported. (CDC, 2020). As a result of the condition and the state of mind of those affected by COVID-19, SDPPP will be on the frontline providing evidence based/trauma informed mental/emotional/grief/trauma services, proven resiliency Community Resiliency Model (CRM) methods and viable solutions to children, families and communities dealing with mental illness, bullying and suicide. Included will be establishing weekly visits to schools, agencies, and appointments (both virtual and on site), advocacy/resilience seminars, pre/post-ventions.

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SDPPP plans to open a Hope Heals, Love Seals Clubhouse by September, 2020 that will afford those living with a mental health condition to achieve their full potential by having a safe healthy toxic-free environment where there is no stigma, no shame, no judgment, no criticism, no discrimination and no division. HHLS Clubhouse will allow people with mental illness to successfully participate in society through education, employment, and other social activities that will include peer to peer support, evidence-based and trauma informed curriculums, groups, and workshops. SDPPP believes that many hands make light work and our team is deeply committed to enhancing and bettering the lives of those less fortunate due to life circumstances. Our plan for the next 5-15 years is to get into the trenches in the community and be the solution to provide recovery tools and resources that will begin the healing process as it relates to their mental/emotional healing. We are prepared to move the needle by decreasing suicides and increasing mental health, bullying and resiliency education and awareness by 80%. We can no longer sit on the sidelines and wait for others to do the work we were called to do. So, we have seeded our own funds and beat the pavement to make things happen for those in our communities. We are not looking for a handout, but a hand up to enhance and better the lives of those in need. We know that Aegon Transamerica Foundation is committed to doing the same and that is why it is imperative for us to work together to continue to make the mission a success. SDPPP will: Identify and Assist Persons at Risk – Screen, assess, assist, and act based on need referenced in assessment.  Increase Help - Seeking - Identify and reduce structural and environmental barriers to seeking help by educating the community about the warning signs for suicide and correct misinformation.  Train community gatekeepers to identify and assist people at risk, have course participants identify barriers to seeking help and make plans for how they personally would seek help if they needed it.  Reduce stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination by sharing true stories of individuals who sought help and benefited from it.  Provide evidence-based and trauma informed information on self-help tools and support options that people can access on their own.  Train peers to support help-seeking and provide information about available services and resources.  Ensure Access to Effective Mental Health and Suicide Care and Treatment  Support Safe Care Transitions and Create Organizational Linkages  Provide for Immediate and Long-Term Postvention  Reduce Access to Means of Suicide  Enhance Life Skills and Resilience Many more people are hospitalized as a result of nonfatal suicidal behavior such as suicide attempts than are fatally injured, and an even greater number are either treated in ambulatory settings (e.g., emergency departments) or not treated at all.

This project is to provide outreach, tools, resources, proven methods and viable solutions to children, families and communities dealing with bullying and suicide. Our goal is to eradicate bullying in our schools and communities, stop suicides and uncover any mental illnesses by: 1. Going out and educating children, staff and administrators on the seriousness of this crime. 2. Implementation of our research-based resources that help adults and children lead bullying prevention efforts in their communities. 3. We provide community action tool kits that aid in reinforcing positive behaviors and identifying negative ones that may lead to bullying. 4. We work diligently with the parents, children, teachers, law enforcement, caregivers, mental health professionals, recreational leaders, health and safety personnel, elected officials, young professional mentors, faith leaders and early childhood education care givers to be able to know the warning signs of someone being bullied. 5. We teach from our “Bullying Prevention Training Modules and use the “Strengthen the Evidence Base for Maternal and Child Health (SEMCH) Programs” which is a Health Resources and Services Administration-funded initiative that aims to support state Maternal and Child Health (MCH). 6. We provide our “Safe Space to Share” support groups which helps to build self-esteem and provide further resources to aid in the eradication of bullying and suicide. 7. Provide social and medical services free of charge for mental health related illnesses. Individuals may not know why they behave and do the things they do and with these diagnostic tools we can aid in the dealing and healing of mental health illness. 8. We will foster safe and respectful environments on our school buses and after school activity programs, classrooms and promote speaking up and out to keep children safe. Our program objectives include: 1) Establishing weekly visits to (50-100 schools, clubs, sporting events, social events, work centers, after-school programs, etc., to educate and partner with becoming allies to eradicate bullying and suicide. 2) Recruiting 100 volunteers to make those visits on a rotating basis (many of the volunteers can be recruited from our current community partnerships NAMI, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, In the Key of Dance and Performing Arts Studio, Lucy Hall Freedom House, NNK 4 L.I.F.E., LLC, Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network, Inc., Community Friendship, Inc., Our House, Covenant House, Nicholas House, Steel City Gospel, The United Way of Greater Atlanta, Atlanta, DBHDD, Premier Floor Group, Mental Health America, Behavior Health Link. 3) Improving the mental health, self-esteem and activity levels of those communities visited as measured by several available survey tools, used at pre-set intervals throughout the year.

SDPPP is a Community-Based organization (CBO) that prepares individuals, families and communities to provide suicide prevention through evidence based/trauma informed resiliency peer to peer training, support, resources and referrals for those at-risk for or impacted by suicide. Based in Duluth, GA, SDPPP engages in suicide education workshops, seminars, and coaching (small group and one on one) in Metro Atlanta, GA; and, has served as the subject matter expert in conferences held in other select cities around the country. SDPPP offers promising programs such as Whole Health Action Management (WHAM), Wellness Recovery Plan (WRAP), Community Resiliency Model (CRM), Mental Health First Aide, Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) that will assist each person to heal and recover holistically. SDPPP has provided suicide prevention and recovery events for more than 5000 people. In addition, the organization trains an average of 350 people each month in workshops; mentors and counsels 200 people per month; and, has approximately 2500 documented cases of suicide interventions that have saved lives. SDPPP also travels the nation spreading awareness of the importance of mental health, suicide prevention and bully prevention, that has impacted more than 7800 people nationwide. SDPPP is in partnership with as well as on Advisory Boards for: DBHDD, AFSP, NAMI, BMHA, MHA, United Survivors International Advisory Board.

Data Collection/Measurement: To measure our effectiveness for goal attainment, we will use sign-in sheets from seminars and workshop trainings, call logs from crisis lines, program office lines, referral and client follow-up logs, seminar and workshop discussion topics, pre and post surveys to measure that a transfer of knowledge occurred, round-table discussion and feedback notes from community trainings, self-reports from individuals helped, the number of new community partnerships developed, the number of materials created and disseminated. Indicators of Success Goal 1: Number of seminars held, and the number of individuals exposed to suicide and mental health awareness messages. Goal 2: Number of community training workshops completed, and the number of individuals who have received training in prevention of suicide or mental health promotion. Goal 3: Number of at-risk individuals linked to intervention and treatment services.

SDPPP has provided suicide prevention and recovery events for more than 5000 people. In addition, the organization trains an average of 350 people each month in workshops; mentors and counsels 200 people per month; and, has approximately 2500 documented cases of suicide interventions that have saved lives. SDPPP also travels the nation spreading awareness of the importance of mental health, suicide prevention and bully prevention, that has impacted more than 7800 people nationwide.

External Reviews


CRM Community Resiliance Model 2020

Affiliations & Memberships

Covenant House 2019



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Organizational Demographics

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Equity Strategies

Last updated: 04/24/2020

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We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

Policies and processes

We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.