THRIVE: Learning to mind your mental health

Saturday, may 22 | 10:00am

…for God did not give you a spirit of fear but of love power and a sound mind. – (2Tim 1:6-7) 

As New Community honors May as Mental Health Awareness Month, we will be presenting this special event live in-person and online to raise awareness of the need for good mental health and to normalize mental health check-ins, to help remove the stigma associated with mental illness on individuals ranging from issues of a too busy life, to unresolved childhood trauma to anger issues to mental illness issues of clinical diagnosis of very serious mental health breakdowns, and to offer hope and encouragement that help is available if action is taken. 


dr. Stephanie jw Ford, lp

Dr. Stephanie JW Ford, LP

Licensed Psychologist, Psychology of the Western Reserve (POWR), LLC 


Professor, Liberty University, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Counselor Education and Family Studies


Dr. Stephanie JW Ford is a servant of Christ, who utilizes her knowledge of clinical and counseling psychology, counselor education, as well as research to enhance the wellbeing of individuals and communities. Stephanie has provided clinical and counseling psychological services in hospital, community health, private practice, and university health centers.  She has served as a professor of psychology and counselor education in graduate programs at land-based and online universities.  At the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic Stephanie co-authored the book Bricks to Clicks Best Practices to Transition from the Classroom to Online, as a rapid response to aid educators and recently authored a case study chapter on Major Neurocognitive Disorder, due to Alzheimer’s Disease.    

breakout speaker:

lisa a. mccraney, m.ed., lpcc-s

Lisa A. McCraney, LPCC-S

Licensed Professional Counselor with a Supervisor Designation

Lisa A. McCraney is a native of Akron, Ohio. Lisa attended Kent State University, where she attained both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Communication and Community Counseling, respectively. Licensed as a Counselor by the State of Ohio, Lisa has 16 years’ experience working in mental health, and holds the designation of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a Supervisor Designation (LPCC-S).

In 2014 Lisa founded Healing Hearts Counseling & Consultation Services, a nonprofit organization based in Akron, Ohio, whose mission is to help hurting people journey through the healing process. Utilizing their Motto, “Offering Hope for the Hurting,” Healing Hearts “takes the walls off counseling”, allowing clients to seek and receive the help and hope they need to continue their life’s journey. Healing Hearts desires to start and continue the much needed and overdue mental health conversations in the African American community and in spaces that typically stigmatize mental illness. 


Ben clark

Ben Clark has been a Licensed Behavioral Health and Chemical Dependency Counselor for over 17 years in the state of Ohio.  He has worked for mental health agencies and chemical dependency programs.  However, Ben no longer works in the mental health field, he still has a passion for mental health and is a strong advocate for mental health services.  He is currently a Healthcare Administrator with NEON, one of the largest and oldest federally qualified health centers in the United States.  God has blessed ben with 34 years of service at NEON Health Centers.

Ben is married to Leatrice, together they have four adult children and a granddaughter.  His love of God and God’s strength in his life is the key to his joy and happiness. 

Breakout Speaker:

dr. ramone ford, lp

Dr. Ramone Ford, LP

Psychology of the Western Reserve (POWR), LLC


Dr. Ford is a licensed psychologist.  He has provided mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults since becoming involved in the profession. Ramone has worked in long-term care facilities, hospitals, community mental health, and child welfare agencies. He specializes in clinical and counseling psychology.  He has provided services to individuals diagnosed with mild to severe mental illness. Ramone’s practice includes clinical testing, geriatric, and forensic evaluations.  


Dr. Ford is the co-founder of Psychology of the Western Reserve (POWR), LLC.

He is committed to being yielded to Christ while providing psychological services with compassion, cultural humility, and competency. 


Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans struggle with mental illness and millions more are impacted by their struggle?

20% of young adults suffer with anxiety and depression and suicide is the second leading cause of death for those 15-24 years old.

New Community Bible Fellowship is helping to erase the stigma around mental illness by providing resources from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to help those in need. If you struggle with mental illness or know someone that does, please visit for more information and helpful resources or call the Cleveland NAMI helpline at 216-875-7776.



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