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 to individuals tell their stories woven together with threads of trauma, grief, loss and mental illness. Many expressed not having insurance or access to care and 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 worked in the field of mental health for over 15 years. Carmen is a Mental Health First Aid USA Instructor and SoulCollage Facilitator. Carmen works with the Anti-Stigma Committee in Jacksonville and is a lead on the CHIP Mental Health Workgroup in Clay County,

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