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Born into CrisisCongratulations on your bronze book award!


The American mental health system is in crisis, and those affected by its shortcomings are drowning without the tools and resources they deserve and need to thrive. In Born Into Crisis, author Kenneth Nixon shares his story of growing up with a mother with severe mental illness and a family stuck in an enduring cycle of trauma. He knows firsthand the impact trauma can have on a person’s life. Kenneth not only takes you on a powerful journey through his stories but also provides cogent and practical strategies for creating lasting change in our mental health system. Born Into Crisis is more than just a story of resiliency. It’s also a call to action.

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Author Bio

Kenneth Nixon Jr. is an African American Baptist Minister, a Virginia Supreme Court Certified Mediator, and a Community Organizer for Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE). Rev. Nixon has always been an outspoken millennial leader in the mental health community and has worked to break the stigma surrounding mental illness. He’s been involved with VOICE for over 10 years, eight of which as a clergy leader through the church he attends, First Baptist Manassas, one of the founding congregations of VOICE. He has served on VOICE’s Strategy Team (board of directors) and helped lead several statewide and local campaigns. Now a full-time organizer with VOICE, Rev. Nixon is taking a leading role in organizing in Fairfax County, the most populous jurisdiction in the state, and statewide.

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