Who We Are

I Still Matter is a peer-run organization made up of volunteers that are either living with mental illness or have friends or loved ones who are. 


Hi there! My name is Carmen and I am the founder and Director of I Still Matter. I moved to Jacksonville from Central Florida and in 2011 I was in the process of grieving the loss of my father and struggling to cope with with manic depression. I knew I needed to pull myself out of my isolation so I asked a few friends to meet me at Chamblin’s Uptown to make art. I Still Matter’s focus on mental health came from real, honest conversations from individuals attending these small groups.

Story after story, I listened women tell stories woven together with threads of trauma, grief, loss and mental illness. I Still Matter soon turned into a creative outlet for those individuals.

Carmen possesses a Master of Art’s Degree in Counseling from Webster University. She obtained Bachelor of Science as a double major in Sociology and Criminology at Florida Southern College in 2003. She has been working in the field of mental health for over 15 years. Carmen is a Mental Health First Aid USA Instructor, NAMI Ending the Silence presenter and SoulCollage Facilitator

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