Stories of Hope

Behavioral Health System Baltimore supports individuals, families and communities in building healthier lives, stronger families and safer communities. These success stories are just a few of the many individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by the mental health and substance use services and programs.

Ronald Barksdale

Listen to Ronald Barskdale talk about stigma.

Phaedra Ward

Watch Bmore POWER advocate Phaedra Ward share her inspiring story of overdose and recovery less than a year after she almost died from an opioid overdose on this playground.

Thomas Hicks

Thomas Hicks, Executive Director of H.O.P.E Recovery Center shares his personal story of addiction and recovery.

Philip Vaughn

Philip Vaughn is an advocate for NAMI Baltimore and a person in recovery. He shared his story as part of the Strip Away the Mask series for Recovery Month 2017.

Latif K.

"My goal is to achieve a deeper peace and meaning. I want to be able to get people smiling. If someone is walking away from a conversation with me saying, ā€˜I can do something,ā€™ then Iā€™m happy.ā€ Latif

Tamnika J.

"I think I have a gift, for whatever reason. People young and old tend to gravitate toward me and we develop relationships very easily. I'm just happy that I'm able to be the person to set the example." Tamnika

Cynthia T.

"You have to be open-minded to the whole process of recovery. You have to know that this can work for you and you have to buy in to the available support systems. The bottom line is that support for recovery has to come from all different avenues." Cynthia