Dr. Shaniqua Jones
Restorative Justice Practitioner, Director of Community Engagement & Diversity Programs at Trinity Christian College
Years living with Bipolar Disorder: 17
Brilliance: My mantra: A journey not shared is a soul not healed. I live my life knowing that I had to go through to get through in order to share how I was able to heal from my past with God's help. I refuse to live a mediocre life. God gave me this life and I will LIVE!
Beauty: I am transparent. I have an infectious smile. I crack my jokes even when I know I am being corny. I've been openly bald for the last 10 years which takes my boldness to another level.
Boldness: I love. Really, I will embrace those I am led to. I speak openly about my past - past hurts from teen pregnancy, rape, promiscuity, failed suicide attempt that led to bipolar diagnosis, domestic violence, poverty, homelessness, and self-destruction. God is.
What brings me joy:
Joy comes from restoration - to speak, train, and provide consulting services as a Restorative Justice Practitioner. I love sharing my personal journey which is one I was ashamed of for so long. God set me free. I am continuously learning about myself and how to sustain living with a mental illness. My great and good days outweigh my bad.
My Healing Power: I thank God for allowing me to be redeemed and restored. I thought my openness would create barriers when it actually gave me freedom. Living with bipolar disorder or any other mental illness is only shameful when you refuse to set yourself free from the mental bondage created within and societal stigmas. Set yourself free.