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REMOVING THE STIGMA

A Place Where Hope Is Found

RTS educates, empowers, and cultivates hope, and promotes mental and emotional wellness while removing stigma associated with mental illness and suicide in the community, and provides a community of healing and hope to families who have loss loved ones who have died by suicide.

OUR VISION

The vision of Removing The Stigma (RTS) began in 2013, after Denise Holcomb, Founder and Executive Director, shared her story in a documentary film Living With Bipolar, for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.​​

SUPPORT

individuals with mental illnesses through peer connected support groups and wellness resources.

CONFRONT

the obstacles of discrimination, stigma, and prejudice associated with mental illness and suicide through education, advocacy, and community collaboration. ​

EMPOWER

change to achieve mental and emotional wellness.

BE A WARRIOR

of hope to families who have lost a loved one who has died by suicide.

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MEET THE RTS TEAM

Peer Recovery Supporter | Educational Paraprofessional | Sources of Strength Trainer | Mental Health Recovery Coach | Suicide Prevention Trainer 

Denise Holcomb is the Founder and Executive Director of Removing The Stigma (RTS). She combines peer support, coaching, training, and biblical teaching as she works with individuals to discover their true passion and purpose. She assists peers in understanding that they are not identified by a mental illness or substance use diagnosis, but they are individuals with an illness like any illness, and they too can live a meaningful productive life if they remove self-stigma and work toward living their true purpose. 

 

Denise also helps individuals whose love ones have died by suicide to walk through the stages of grief and find a way to remember their loved ones in a unique and meaningful way. 

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Denise Holcomb

Founder and Executive Director

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Darcella Lambert

Darcella has over fifteen years of working with youth 6-18 with mental illness, physical, mental, sexual abuse in both residential and outpatient settings.

She has raised 3 of her own children with mental health disorders, all while going through her own personal struggles with mental illness. These personal and family experiences helped her to understand the mental health challenges and the level of extreme stress and pressure that is placed on caregivers,  individuals, and families.

 

In addition to Darcella's positions at Removing The Stigma, she is also actively involved in a community outreach organization in the Cleveland, Ohio area called Beautifully Created.

Co-Founder and Assistant Executive Director
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Michael Martin

Micheal works within the community as a forensic caseworker, working with individuals on the cusp of community integration. Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW) from Cleveland State University.

Committee Board Member 
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Margaret Montgomery

Margaret worked at Case Western Reserve University for over a period of thirty-two years. She resigned to focus and care for her two adopted children who were both mentally challenged. She highlights raising her two sons as one of the most purposeful and fulfilling time periods in her life. Now that her children have grown up, Margaret enjoys other fulfilling avenues such as event planning, with a specialty in wedding planning, consulting, and directing.

Committee Board Member 
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Samantha Ferebee

Samantha received an Associate’s degree in Dietetics and is currently attending Capella University to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in Leadership and Development. In her free time, Samantha enjoys reading, sewing, and going to weight lifting. Aside from her regular job, she runs a meal prep service to help her clients achieve their health and nutrition goals. Samantha is passionate about all aspects of health and wellness and looks forward to spreading the word throughout the community.

Committee Board Member