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Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

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  • July 3rd: Kickoff to Minority Mental Health Month – Mid-day Dance Party with DJ Bee of Fresh Radio Click here for details! 
  • July 10th: Acknowledging Minority Mental Health Month ~ Dr. Letitia Dzirasa, Commissioner of Health, Baltimore, MD
  • July 17th: Decreasing Anxiousness & Living Your Best Life During Uncertain Times ~ Dr. Vanessa Jenkins, Director of Counseling, Norfolk State University and Owner of Sentencing Options, LLC
  • July 24th: Ted Talk Presentation: Changing Views on Mental Health in the Black Community ~ Chante Meadows, Mental Health Therapist; Owner of Meadows Counseling Group
  • July 31st:  A Conversation with Our Daughters ~ Dr. Angela Reddix, CEO ARDX, CEO XDRA, Director and Author of Envision Lead Grow, President ARDX Foundation; Anyssa Reddix, Program Manager Envision Lead Grow; Mitzi Glass, LCSW Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters; Brittany Gainey, LCSW Harnett County School System- North Carolina

 


Register here for our Minority Mental Health Month events. The registration is FREE.

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CONGRATULATIONS to our 2019-2020 START Interns!

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Congratulations to START Interns Essence Johnson and James Hanana – Class of 2020 High School Graduates!



Essence Johnson 
Essence is a Graduating Senior of Woodrow Wilson High School. Essence will attend Virginia Commonwealth University this Fall, majoring in Chemistry/ Pre-Medicine. Her career goal is to become a Neurosurgeon.



James Hanan
James is a Graduating Senior of Kempsville High School. James will attend Tidewater Community College to complete his Associates Degree in Social Sciences. Afterwhich, his plan is to transfer to George Mason to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His goal is to become a Lawyer with a focus in Real Estate.

May 2020: Mental Health Month

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May is Mental Health Month! The ARDX Foundation is highlighting #Tools2Thrive – what individuals can do daily to prioritize their mental health, build resiliency in the face of trauma and obstacles, support those who are struggling, and work towards a path of recovery.

One of the easiest tools anyone can use is taking a mental health screen at mhascreening.org when they need answers. It’s a quick, free, and private way for people to assess their mental health and recognize signs of mental health problems.

  • Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and wellbeing, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.
  • While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health.
  • There are practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency regardless of the situations they are dealing with.
  • It’s important to recognize your emotions and own your feelings, work to find the positive even when facing adversity or loss, reach out and try to connect with others, remove those people in your life who are bringing you down, and create healthy routines to take care of yourself.
  • There are ways that everyone can be supportive of friends, family, and co-workers who are struggling with life’s challenges or their mental health.
  • One way to check in on yourself is to take a mental health screen at mhascreening.org. It’s a quick, free tool for you to use.

For each of us, the tools we use to keep us mentally healthy will be unique. But the ARDX Foundation wants everyone to know that mental illnesses are real, and recovery is possible. Finding what work for you may not be easy​ but can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes. By developing your own #Tools2Thrive, it is possible to find balance between work and play, the ups and downs of life, and physical health and mental health – and set yourself on the path to recovery.

Click here for free Mental Health Screenings » https://mhanational.org/millioninmay

Dr. Angela Reddix giving out $2020 grants each to 13 women

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I announced this crazy idea that was planted in my heart to be a bridge over troubled waters for 13 women. Sharing a little encouragement to keep their dream of entrepreneurship alive. That $2,020 would perhaps give them hope until other funding came through.

Within a day, I received calls and text from regular everyday people who said “I care”! They have their own demands in life, but they are willing to sacrifice to help someone else who is struggling. It is no longer “I” but “WE” are now able to bless 20 female business owners with $2,020 throughThe Reddix Rules Fund! …I still believe that love for the human race conquers all! 

~Dr. Angela D. Reddix

For more information, see the following interview and article: https://www.wtkr.com/rebound/norfolk-entrepreneur-giving-out-2-020-grants-each-to-13-women-with-small-businesses

Register here: https://angelareddix.com/reddixrulesfund/

ARDX Foundation Announces Darryl “DMC” McDaniels as Keynote Speaker During 11th Annual Women’s Wellness Celebration

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Norfolk, VA September 6, 2018 – The ARDX Foundation is excited to announce Darryl “DMC” McDaniels as their keynote speaker during the 11th Annual Women’s Wellness Celebration, held on Friday, October 26th, 2018 at the Chesapeake Conference Center.

McDaniels, who is most well known as a founding member of pioneering hip-hop trio Run-DMC, has been profoundly open about his personal journey with mental health issues, including addiction, depression, and recovery. In his riveting memoir, “Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide,” McDaniels addresses the many reasons that led him—and thousands of others—to consider suicide. Some of the factors include not being true to who you are, feelings of loneliness, isolation, and alienation, and a lack of understanding and support from friends and family when it’s needed most.

“We are immensely honored to have Darryl “DMC” McDaniels provide the women of our community a male’s perspective as it pertains to mental health and wellness,” states Angela D. Reddix, President and CEO of ARDX and Board President of the ARDX Foundation.  “Over the past decade of the Women’s Wellness Celebration we understand how powerful telling our stories can be to one another. By diversifying our message, we are able to peel back the layers allowing us to dig deeper, hear deeper, and feel deeper in order to make real change in the way we see, deal, and heal mental health within ourselves and for those whom we love.”

This year’s conference, sponsored by TowneBank, will feature various engaging breakout sessions focused on mental wellness initiatives, as well as a new 3-hour training dedicated to caregivers. Attendees will also have the opportunity browse through the Exhibitor Expo, featuring local businesses and resources dedicated to Mental Wellness.

“TowneBank is honored to once again sponsor the ARDX Foundation’s Annual Women’s Wellness Conference,” states Michelle Butler, Senior Vice President, Private Banking for TowneBank. “We support the ARDX Foundation in their commitment to promoting wellness for women of all ages. The 11th Annual Conference will focus on Continuing the Conversation on Mental Wellness and will be an excellent opportunity to learn from community leaders and mental health experts.”

Registration for the 11th Annual Women’s Wellness Celebration is now open! For more details about the ARDX Foundation’s initiatives and to register for the Women’s Wellness Celebration, visit the ARDX Foundation website (www.ardxfoundation.org), or follow @ARDXFoundation and the #ARDXFoundation hashtag on social media.

 

About Darryl “DMC” McDaniels

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels is co-founder of the legendary group, Run-DMC: – selling over 40 million albums and changing music history.  In 2014 he started his comic book company, Darryl Makes Comics. In 2016 he released a top-selling autobiography, “Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide;” and in November 2017 he put out a limited-edition vinyl EP in advance of his upcoming solo album.

In 2006 DMC co-founded the Felix Organization, a non-profit that works to enrich the lives of children in the foster care system. He is a 2009 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a 2016 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and has received numerous awards for his philanthropic work. www.thekingdmc.com / TMA / 609-383-2323

 

About ARDX Foundation

Shining a Light on Mental Wellness

At the ARDX Foundation, our goal is to shine a light on the importance of mental and behavioral wellness and to serve as advocates, partners, educators, mentors, and change agents. We believe in the power of volunteer service and are dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of our most vulnerable populations, including women, youth, and the elderly living in disadvantaged communities.

We are committed to creating initiatives and providing resources that transform the lives of women and their families, enabling them to make their own mental wellness a top priority.

The ARDX Foundation is inspired by the work of ARDX President and CEO Angela D. Reddix, a strong advocate for and the founder of numerous community outreach programs.

 

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ARDX Foundation Launches New Campaign During #GivingTuesday 2017

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Norfolk, VA November 22, 2017– On November 28, 2017 the ARDX Foundation will join the #GivingTuesday movement, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

#GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the US) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

“Since our inception, the ARDX Foundation’s focus has been to shine a light on mental wellness,” states Angela D. Reddix, Founder and Board Chair of the ARDX Foundation.  “Mental health is a growing epidemic in our country and it will continue to be until we begin to have real, open conversations about it – and these conversations must initiate in the home. During #GivingTuesday, we are excited to begin our end-of-year fundraising campaign to support the Foundation’s newest program in 2018, The Mental Wellness Educational Seminars. These seminars will teach women (who are the head of our households) how to start having open conversations with their families, to start transcending the stigma surrounding mental health, and to begin to create healthy mental wellness initiatives for generations to come.”

Collaborating with mental health experts from within the Hampton Roads community, the ARDX Foundation will hold on-site, quarterly seminars focused on detecting the signs of mental health, how to start having open conversations, and creating proactive mental wellness initiatives. Your support on #GivingTuesday will allow ARDX Foundation to provide these seminars at no cost to the community.

Join the ARDX Foundation this #GivingTuesday, as we continue to shine a light on mental wellness and create a community that is transcending the stigma surrounding mental health for generations to come. To donate, visit us at  www.ardxfoundation.org/donate.

For more details about the ARDX Foundations initiatives, visit the ARDX Foundation website (www.ardxfoundation.org), Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ardxfoundation), or follow @ARDXFoundation and the #ARDXFoundation hashtag on social media.

 

About ARDX Foundation

Shining a Light on Mental Wellness

At the ARDX Foundation, our goal is to shine a light on the importance of mental and behavioral wellness and to serve as advocates, partners, educators, mentors, and change agents. We believe in the power of volunteer service and are dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of our most vulnerable populations, including women, youth, and the elderly living in disadvantaged communities.

We are committed to creating initiatives and providing resources that transform the lives of women and their families, enabling them to make their own mental wellness a top priority.

The ARDX Foundation is inspired by the work of ARDX President and CEO Angela D. Reddix, a strong advocate for and the founder of numerous community outreach programs.

 

About #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 28. #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners
to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. It inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together.

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Karen E. Osborne to Keynote the 10th Annual Women’s Wellness Celebration in Chesapeake, VA

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Norfolk, VA September 7, 2017- The ARDX Foundation is honored to have Karen E. Osborne, philanthropist and author of “Getting It Right,” keynote this year’s 10th Annual Women’s Wellness Celebration held on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Chesapeake Conference Center.

“We are thrilled to have Karen as this year’s 10th Annual Women’s Wellness Celebration Luncheon Keynote,” states Penny Sanchez, Executive Director for the ARDX Foundation. “Her passion of storytelling to depict her extraordinary journey to mental wellness is absolutely captivating, and one I know our attendees will be inspired by.” 

​In her recently acclaimed novel, “Getting It Right,” which was declared a “2017 summer must-read” by Essence Magazine, this novel explores grit and resilience, evolving definitions of race and family, and the ultimate power of redemption and forgiveness.

For forty-two years, like her protagonist Kara in “Getting It Right,” Karen suffered the consequences of childhood sexual abuse, before finding a therapist who helped navigate her healing journey.  During these years of gut-wrenching work, Karen freed secrets and worked through their aftermath.  Along the way, she met dozens of other survivors and explored their narratives, motivations, successes, and setbacks – ultimately learning the restorative power of generosity, gratitude, redemption, and forgiveness.

Held on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Chesapeake Conference Center, the conference will kick-off with an opening reception breakfast, followed by empowering breakout sessions, an inspirational luncheon featuring keynote speaker Karen E. Osborne, and an exhibitor expo showcasing various wellness resources available within our community.

“The ARDX Foundation has a vision to improve the health and well-being of some of our most vulnerable citizens – women, children, and the elderly,” states Michelle S. Butler, TowneBank Senior Vice President. “TowneBank is supporting the ARDX Foundation in this vital outreach by being the Conference Sponsor for this year’s 10th Annual Women’s Wellness Conference.”

For more information on this year’s conference and to register, please visit www.ardxfoundation.org. As a previous WWC attendee simply stated, “It is almost impossible to put into words the feeling you will have during and after the conference – it was indeed life changing,” M. Jenkins.

 

About ARDX Foundation

Shining a Light on Mental Wellness

At the ARDX Foundation, our goal is to shine a light on the importance of mental and behavioral wellness and to serve as advocates, partners, educators, mentors, and change agents. We believe in the power of volunteer service and are dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of our most vulnerable populations, including women, youth, and the elderly living in disadvantaged communities.

We are committed to creating initiatives and providing resources that transform the lives of women and their families, enabling them to make their own mental wellness a top priority.

The ARDX Foundation is inspired by the work of ARDX President and CEO Angela D. Reddix, a strong advocate for and the founder of numerous community outreach programs.

About TowneBank

When TowneBank was founded in 1999, a core part of its mission was to promote the social, cultural and economic well-being of the community. The bank opened with just three locations.  Today, TowneBank has grown to 37 offices with $8.2 billion in assets.  As TowneBank Chairman and CEO, Bob Aston shares, “Serving others and enriching lives represents the foundation of all that we do here at Towne.”  Since 1999, TowneBank and the TowneBank Foundation have generously contributed $42.5 million in cumulative community support.

About Karen E. Osborne

Karen is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.  She founded The Osborne Group, a philanthropy and organizational management consulting firm, now run by her son, Robert Osborne, Jr.

​Awarded for excellence as a motivational speaker and trainer, she is the recipient of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s Crystal Apple for public speaking and the Ashmore Award for Outstanding Service.  Karen serves on the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Board.

 

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