Venessa Abram, founder/executive director of  Self Discovery Pain, Positioning and Purpose, a 501c3 nonprofit, will be leading a series of virtual training sessions designed to address the many COVID-19 anxieties experienced by various communities. Among the key components of the training sessions will be mental health, wellness, resiliency education, tools, skills, and resources.

Made available as a result of a grant provided by the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, the Community Resilience Model (CRM) Training will be offered in four sessions that are designed to help attendees bounce back mentally from the challenges experienced during this extremely stressful COVID-19 era.

“The purpose of the CRM training is to help community members not only help themselves, but their broader social network,” said Abram, an award-winning author, mental health advocate, and trainer who specializes in advocacy and training on mental health and suicide prevention.  “The primary focus of this skills-based program is to reset the natural balance of the nervous system by understanding how trauma and chronic stress impacts the nervous system and how resiliency can be restored.

 “We encourage those that are struggling and their networks to attend these sessions,” Abram added.  “The goal of these training (sessions) is to create trauma-informed and resiliency-focused communities. When we do this, we have the best chance of helping our families and communities rebound successfully from these challenging times in which we’re all living.”

The dates and times for the Community Resilience Model training sessions will be Nov. 23 at 1 p.m.; Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. and Monday, Dec. 28 at 1 p.m.

For more information and to register for the CRM sessions go to or email “Self Discovery, Pain, Positioning and Purpose,” at

According to, mental health encompasses one’s emotional, psychological, and social well being.

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