Ronald FlemmingIn May, Goodwill NY-NJ celebrates National Mental Health Awareness Month to raise awareness about mental health conditions and related issues affecting Americans.

This year’s theme, “B4Stage4,” will encourage people to address their mental health early, rather than at “Stage 4,” when symptoms are more severe and recovery a longer process. Typically, it takes ten years from the first time someone has mental health concerns until they get a correct diagnosis and proper treatment.

Attitudes toward mental health issues have evolved in recent years. Negative attitudes and stigmas associated with mental health have changed and there is growing acceptance toward individuals with mental health issues.

Goodwill’s eight Behavioral Health Services in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx offer social and recreational services, vocational and employment support, specifically, clubhouses, Peer Services, andPersonalized Recovery Oriented Services,

We aim to show how nonprofits and employers can collectively turn business opportunities into jobs for individuals with mental illness. We collaborate with corporate partners to create more inclusive communities for individuals like Ronald Flemming, a member of Goodwill’s Citiview Connections Clubhouse who credits Goodwill with saving his life.

For twenty years, Citiview has provided support and opportunities to help members achieve their social, financial, educational, and vocational goals, and has strived to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness, substance use, sexual orientation, and homelessness.

Ronald says that he came to Goodwill’s Citiview “homeless, unemployed, living in a Shelter, and with a thirty-year plus Crack Cocaine Addiction.” The 62-year-old U.S. Navy Veteran with Honorable Discharge had worked for thirteen and a half years at the NYC Transit Authority, ten years as Cross Country Tractor Trailor Driver, almost eight years as Direct Care Counselor for Adults with Mental Disabilities.

“Citiview helped me to regain my confidence into becoming a productive individual by providing me with the opportunity to work a Transitional employment Job at a Public Access Radio Station in Manhattan, NY,” says Ronald. “I started out sweeping the studios. Cleaning the bathrooms, and making coffee. One day a got promoted to Assisted Production manager and then to personal assistant to the owners of the station!”
For additional information about the services Citiview offers, please contact

Also, to learn about other Goodwill’s Behavioral Services programs, visit the Goodwill website

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