Brief & Personal
Dr. Michael A. Wright retired after nearly 20 years as a university professor. He continues to expand revenue streams through serial entrepreneurship along with his wife, Taunya. Michael shares 3 children with his wife.
Wright received his Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work degree from the University of South Carolina – Columbia in 2003. He has taught in classrooms of as few as 9 and as many as 45 students. He has supervised students in field placements/internships and coordinated training events of over 300 attendees both online and in-person.
Michael A. Wright is a Serial Entrepreneur and Publisher of non-fiction and fiction with several titles listed globally. He is an author with content surrounding social concepts including creativity, health, financial literacy, family, and education. His research interests include trauma and resilience, behavioral health, complex adaptive systems, and financial capability & asset building. The COACH Method is his signature innovation spawning projects at multiple systems levels with the goal of creating a more just, progressive, and sustainable community.
Wright is CEO & Chairperson of MAWMedia Group, LLC, a firm focusing on individual translating ideas into capital. Wright is a published author and author coach. Wright is a serial entrepreneur who has maintained his macro practice consultancy since 1997. He has logged hundreds of professional relationships with public and private entities seeking to increase capacity, evaluate programs, train staff, and grow strategically. His competencies include social entrepreneurship & micro-enterprise, author development & publishing, branding, and storytelling.
Mental Health Philosophy
Mental Health is a slightly older term to distinguish Physical Health (biology) from behavioral, trauma-response, and crisis behaviors that originate with cognitively and/behaviorally before manifesting biologically (if ever). The umbrella term is more specifically replaced currently with trauma-informed care, behavioral health, crisis and emergency response, active shooter protocols, and safety plans to name a few of the interventions in specific populations and situations.
Stigma is created (is the result) of fear at a basic level of the human condition. We do not want to admit or risk that we are not models of health, prosperity, and goodness. We deny, dismiss, or demonize information that suggests that we need something more than what we have. For individuals needing some form of help, it is easier to stigmatize them rather than admit that our community needs change. We sometimes need help both individually and collectively. The key to overcoming is to realize that, together, we can forge new coalitions, interventions, and habits of health.
Stigma is maintained by a lack of awareness/information, a need to complete a job (e.g. law enforcement) as efficiently as possible, and a need for communities to appear “normal” and unimpacted by illness. For example, some communities bus away their homeless population prior to community events in order to be perceived as more “healthy.” Interventions like “100 Resilient Cities” can help to address this stigma on a large community-by-community scale.