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In My Voice: I Experienced Gun Violence Firsthand and Struggled with My Mental Health. Now I’m Working to Help Others Address Both.

“Any time a black man is willing to talk openly about his mental health with his community, it plants a seed for change.”

Throughout Mental Health Month, we will be sharing Q&As with individuals who have experience with different aspects of mental health and gun violence. Today, we share a Q&A with James Braxton. James is a member of the planning/leadership committee of the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence’s Virginia Action Network. He is also the Strategic Engagement Director for RISE (Reinvest In Supportive Environments) for Youth — a statewide, nonpartisan initiative that advocates for the closure of juvenile prisons and reinvestment of resources back into impacted communities. He operates a resource center in Richmond for youth aging out of foster care called Positive Paths. He is also founder of “The Co-Parenting Empowerment Project” and a published author.

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) is a 501(c)(4) organization founded in 1974. We are the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization.

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