Mental Health Matters in DC: Storytelling Project

The DC Health Matters Collaborative is collecting stories about behavioral health services in DC, and what they mean to our community and providers.

 DC Health Matters Collaborative will compile the stories in a colorful, interactive “StoryMap” website tailored to reach government officials and their staff as they consider the budget related to mental health, treatment and recovery support services in the District of Columbia.

For more information  on the DC Health Matters Collaborative  project  click the link here:

***If you need to connect to behavioral health services, please call DC’s Access HelpLine to talk to a clinician for support any time: 1-888-793-4357 (1-888-7WE-HELP).
If you are in crisis, please call 911.***

200 Counties Report NO Coronavirus

According to the USA TODAY’s analysis included data from its own county-by-county tracking report and demographic characteristics of each county drawn from the U.S. Census and American Community Survey.    The USA report shares that as of May 15, a total of 231 of 3,143 counties had no reported cases.

The report gives insight of the  how and why the COVID 19 was low, as well as the what is working.

Isolation has proven to be insulation in Iowa as well, as four farmland counties in the southern tier of the state still have no reported infections. 

In Georgia’s rural Glascock County, which reported its first case earlier this month, Emergency Management Director Mike Lyons believes the county’s size may have shielded it from COVID-19 for as long as it did. Census data put Glascock County’s population at 3,009, making it the fifth-smallest statewide.

Disclaimer: NH2R  has no affiliation with USA Today. To learn more about the report visit their website  here 


The Writings on the Wall


What is happening to America?

Do you believe that America is a pleasing scent to the God of the universe?   

Daniel the prophet of old translated the writing on the wall and said:  But you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, although you knew all this. 

 And you have lifted yourself up against the Lord of heaven. They have brought the vessels of His house before you, and you and your lords, your wives and your concubines, have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone, which do not see or hear or know; and the God who holds your breath in His hand and owns all your ways, you have not glorified.

Daniel, Chapter 1 verse 27 give instruction for all leaders of the future …

Therefore, O king, let my advice be acceptable to you; break off your sins by being righteous, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. Perhaps there may be a lengthening of your prosperity.


Did you know that each month has a ribbon that recognize challenges to bring HOPE? 


January 1st:                     New Year’s Day

January 1st:                     World Day of Peace

January 9th:                   

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day  (Thin Blue Line)

January 11th:   

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day  (Blue)

January 12th:                   National Pharmacist Day

January 1th:                   World Religion Day

January 20th:                Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 25th:                Chinese New Year  (Year of the Rat)

January 26- February 1:      

 Catholic School Week

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month  (Teal)

Glaucoma Awareness Month  (Green)

Thyroid Awareness Month  (Pink-Purple-Teal)

Blood Donor Month  (Red)

Birth Defects Awareness Month  (Pink-Blue)

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month  (Blue)


February 4th:                   World Cancer Day  (Lavender)

February 7th:                   National Wear Red Day  (Red)

February 7th:                   Give Kids a Smile Day

February 14th:                 Valentine’s Day

February 15th:            

 International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day  (Gold)

February 15th:                 Susan B. Anthony Day

February 17th:                 Presidents Day

February 19th:                 Coast Guard Reserves Birthday 1941

February 25th:                 Fat Tuesday

February 29th:                 Rare Disease Day  (Zebra Pattern)

February 2-3:           

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week(NEDA)  (Purple)

American Heart Month  (Red)

Black History Month

International Friendship Month

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month  (Orange)

Children’s Dental Health Awareness Month

National Cancer Prevention Month  (Lavender) 


March 2nd:                       Texas Independence Day

March 6th:                        Employee Appreciation Day

March 17th:                      Saint Patrick’s Day

March 22nd:                     World Water Day

March 24th:                      World TB Day  (Red)

March 26th:                      American Diabetes Alert Day  (Grey)

March 30th:                      National Doctor’s Day

March 16-22:                    Brain Awareness Week  (Grey)

Red Cross Month

Brain Injury Awareness Month  (Grey)

Child Life Month

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month  (Green)

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month  (Blue)

Kidney Cancer Awareness Month  (Orange)

Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month  (Burgundy)

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month  (Orange)

National Nutrition Awareness Month

National Women’s History Month

Blood Disorder Awareness Month (Red)


April 7th:                           World Health Day

April 10th:                         Good Friday

April 12th:                         Easter

April 17th:                         Hemophilia Day  (Red)

April 22nd:                        Earth Day

April 22nd:                        Administrative Professionals Day

April 28th:                         Occupational Safety and Health Day

April 13-19:                       Dispatch Appreciation Week (Thin Gold Line)

April 13-19:       

Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week  (Burgundy)

April 19-25:      National Volunteer Week

Animal Cruelty Prevention Month  (Purple)

Autism Awareness Month (Puzzle/Red-Yellow-Blue)

Child Abuse Prevention Month  (Blue)

Sexual Assault Awareness Month  (Teal)

Donate Life Month  (Green)

Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month  (Grey)

Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month  (Lavender)

Testicular Cancer Awareness Month  (Purple)

Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month  (Burgundy) 

National 9-1-1 Education Month (Thin Gold Line)


May 5th:                           Cinco de Mayo

May 5th:                           National Teachers Day

May 6th:                           National Nurses Day

May 8th:                           World Red Cross Crescent Day

May 10th:                         Mother’s Day

May 13th:                         Receptionist Day

May 15th:      

Peace Officers Memorial Day (Thin Blue Line)

May 16th:                         Armed Forces Day

May 20th:  

Autoimmune and Autoinflammatory Arthritis Diseases Day (Red-Black) 

May 25th:                         Memorial Day

May 31st:                         Necrotizing Fasciitis Day  (Teal-Purple with White Stars)

May 3-9:                           Public Service Week

May 3-9:                           Brain Tumor Action Week  (Grey)

May 4-8:                           Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6-12:                         Nurses Week

May 10-16:                       Armed Forces Week

May 10-16:                       National Police Week  (Thin Blue Line)

May 17-23:                       Emergency Medical Service Week

National Military Appreciation Month

National Arthritis Month  (Blue)

Asthma and Food Allergy Awareness Month  (Teal)

Brain Cancer /Tumor Action Month  (Grey)

Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention Month  (White)

Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness Month  (Black)

Lupus Awareness Month  (Purple)

Stroke Awareness Month  (Red)

Bladder Cancer Awareness Month  (Yellow-Blue-Purple)

Mental Health Awareness Month  (Green) 

Tuberous Sclerosis Awareness Month  (Blue)

Celiac Disease Awareness Month  (Green)

National Foster Care Month  (Light Blue)

Necrotizing Fasciitis Month (Teal-Purple with White Stars) 


June 5th:                          World Environment Day  (Green)

June 7th:                          National Cancer Survivors Day (Lavender)

June 14th:                        Flag Day

June 14th:     

United States Army – Happy Birthday 1775

June 14th:                        World Blood Donor Day  (Red)

June 15th:                        Smile Power Day

June 21st:                        Father’s Day

June 8-14:                National Men’s Health Week

June 18-24:       

National Nursing Assistants Week

National Safety Month

Pride Month

PTSD Awareness Month  (Teal)

Cataract Awareness Month  (White)


July 1st:                            Canada Day

July 4th:                            Independence Day

July 15th:       

Leiomyosarcoma Awareness Day  (Purple)       

July 28th:                          World Hepatitis Day  (Red-Yellow)

July 31st:     

System Administrator Appreciation Day

UV Safety Month  (Black)

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month  (Blue)


August 2nd:                      National Friendship Day

August 4th:         

U.S. Coast Guard – Happy Birthday 1790

August 4th:          

 National Night Out (Against Crime)  (Red-White-Blue)

August 1-7:                       World Breastfeeding Week

National Immunization Awareness Month  (Teal)

Medic Alert Awareness Month


September 7th:                Labor Day

September 11th:              Patriot Day

September 13th:              Grandparents Day

September 17th:    

Constitution Day/Citizenship Day

September 18th:  

United States Air Force – Happy Birthday 1947

September 18th:              POW/MIA Recognition Day

September 20th:              Women’s Friendship Day

September 21st:              International Day of Peace

September 21st:              World Alzheimer’s Day  (Purple)

September 29th:              World Heart Day

September 6-12:              Suicide Prevention Week  (Teal-Purple)

September 18-20:            Rosh Hashanah

September 27-28:            Yom Kippur

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month  (Gold)

Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month  (Teal)

Leukemia Awareness Month  (Orange)

Lymphoma Awareness Month  (Lime Green)

Sickle Cell Awareness Month  (Burgundy)

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month  (Teal)

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month  (Light Blue)

Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month  (Pink-Purple-Teal)

National Yoga Awareness Month


October 2nd:                    World Smile Day

October 6th:                     Physician Assistant Day

October 9th:                     Emergency Nurse Day

October 12th:                   Columbus Day

October 13th:                   United States Navy – Happy Birthday 1775

October 14th:                   S.A.V.E. Day (Stop American Violence Everywhere)

October 16th:                   Bosses Day

October 17th:                   Sweetest Day

October 24th:                   Make A Difference Day

October 31st:                   Halloween

October 4-10:                   Mental Illness Awareness Week  (Green)

October 5-9:                     Customer Service Week

October 18-24:                 Invisible Disabilities Awareness Week (Purple)

October 19-25:                 Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week (Pink-Blue)

October 23-31:                 Red Ribbon Week  (Red)

October 31-November 2:             Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos)

Breast Cancer Awareness Month  (Pink)

Fire Prevention Awareness Month  (Thin Red Line)

Domestic Violence Awareness Month  (Purple)

Down Syndrome Awareness Month  (Blue-Yellow)

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month  (Pink-Blue)

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month  (Pink-Blue)

National Bullying Prevention Month  (Blue)

Liver Cancer Awareness Month  (Green)


November 10th:               United States Marine Corps – Happy Birthday 1775

November 11th:               Veterans Day

November 13th:               World Kindness Day

November 14th:               Operating Room Nurse Day

November 15th:               America Recycles Day

November 21st:               Great American Smoke Out Day

November 26th:               Thanksgiving Day


National Men’s Health Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month  (Purple)

American Diabetes Awareness Month  (Grey)

Epilepsy Awareness Month  (Purple)

Lung Cancer Awareness Month  (White)

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month  (Purple)

Military Family Appreciation Month

Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month  (Grey)

Stomach Cancer Awareness Month  (Periwinkle)

Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Month  (Black-White)


December 1st:                 World Aids Day  (Red)

December 5th:                 International Volunteer Day

December 7th:                 Pearl Harbor Remembrance

December 13th:               U.S. National Guard Birthday – Happy Birthday 1636

December 25th:               Christmas Day

December 31st:               New Year’s Eve

December 10-18:             Hanukkah

December 26-January 1:      Kwanzaa

MADD  (Red)

Crohn’s Disease and Colitis Awareness Month  (Purple)

The time has emerge to recognize
addictions and mental health
together  as a 
co-occurring disorder
awareness month















The Yellow  represent the survivors left behind after a Suicide.

The Pink is most commonly associated with Breast Cancer.

The Red is generally used to show support for the fight

The Purple typically represents Pancreatic Cancer and Epilepsy. It is also a symbol for Alzheimer’s disease, Lupus, and Animal Abuse.

(FYI) Purple and Teal Green is associated with
Domestic Violence
and Sexual Assault.

The Black ribbons are used as general symbols for mourning.

The Blue represents Child Abuse /Prevention Awareness. As well as Human Trafficking, Sex Slavery.

The Green is the color most associated with Mental Health, Depression, and Auditory Processing Disorder.

Innovative Solutions for Co-Occurring Disorders

There is hope. There is treatment and there are books that address them with innovative solutions that are found in these novels that are also workbooks. Order your copies today.






Everyone has a story, yet far too many people NEVER ask for help concerning behavioral health disorders. Memoirs Of An Addict: Fact or Fiction, the combined book and workbook of hope and survival living life with co-occurring disorders, written with the intent to address wellness, recovery, harm reduction and resiliency with new integrative solutions that today’s society face with behavioral health disorders such as the opiate epidemic and daily recovery issues.


Welcome to Mary/Pumpkin, the recovery girl activity book. Created with an integrative education approach to learning through motivational, cognitive, and coping skills for anxiety, depression, addiction, eating disorders, bullying, stress release and other SELF issues, that include problem-solving activities in conjunction with excerpts of Mary/Pumpkin’s journey of hope and survival. 


Do You Know…. What Co-Occurring Disorders look like?

Co-Occurring Disorders 

(COD) are  two or more disorders that are present
at the same time.
Example:  addiction, anxiety and or suicide.

  It is time to bring awareness  regarding  (COD)
and Change the Language
as it pertains to the  emotional, mental, physical
and spiritual affects and effects of health.

Introducing the Co-Occurring Disorders
Awareness Ribbon  of Colors

The Co-Occurring Disorders Awareness Ribbon
Copyright Now Hope 2 Reality, LLC

The Yellow represent the survivors left behind after a Suicide.

The Pink is most commonly associated with Breast Cancer Awareness. 

The Red is generally used to show support for the fight against HIV/AIDS Awareness.

The Purple typically represents Pancreatic Cancer and Epilepsy. It is also a symbol for Alzheimer’s disease, Lupus, and Animal Abuse. 
(FYI) Purple and Teal Green is associated with Domestic Violence
 and Sexual Assault.

The Black ribbons are used as general symbols for mourning.

The Blue represents Child Abuse /Prevention Awareness. As well as Human Trafficking, Sex Slavery Awareness. 

The Green is the color most associated with Mental Health, Depression, and Auditory Processing Disorder Awareness.

Source Site:  Alyssa Mertes


According to U.S Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), there are approximately 8.9 million American adults who have co-occurring disorders — 7.4 % of individuals receive treatment for both disorders, while 55.8 % receive no treatment at all.

On page three, a guide for mental health planning + advisory councils (SAMHSA) there is an estimated 600,000 people that are homeless and approximately half have co-occurring disorders.

The Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network has stated that there is a disturbing 43 % of the youth receiving mental health services in America, many have co-occurring disorders.

The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) has stated that out of 450,000 Americans incarcerated 72 %  have co-occurring disorders. 

Last but not finished: Tom Insel, M.D., the former  director of The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has also established that the monetary cost of mental illness will be more than cancer, diabetes and respiratory ailment.

Together OUR VOICE can make a difference.

The Second Annual DC Walk 4 ReCovery on the Washington, DC National Mall

 Saturday June 22, 2019

    12 Noon – 8pm

Candlelight Vigil at dark

Stay inform 
DC Walk 4 ReCovery Facebook

INVESTMENTS-Quotes by Mr. Warren Buffet

Warren Buffet speaks…

“The best investment you can make is an investment in yourself… The more you learn , the more you’ll earn”

“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything”

“Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.”

Now Hope 2 Reality means…
When Mr Warren Buffet speaks ya better listen-NH2R