Sharon D. Wise, M.H.S.
Sharon Wise was diagnosed with a mental illness at a young age and hospitalized for
the first time at the age of nine.
Following over thirty institutions and hospitalizations, many of them by force, including
being secluded and restrained, she has learned to use the trauma she suffered as
learning and teaching tool. She is now an advocate for others who’ve had similar
Sharon goes around the country teaching and training peers, government officials
and the community about Trauma informed care, sharing her experience, strength and
hope. She also is an independent filmmaker and documentarian.
Sharon is an outstanding artist and uses her art to create vibrant colored self-portraits
that illustrate her traumatic experiences and African American heritage.
As a performing artist she uses the butterfly to tell her story and is also an excellent
motivational and keynote speaker.
Most recently she received a national VOICE Award in Los Angeles taking her place
with movie stars and others recognized for their contributions in trauma informed
care and mental health. In addition to her advocacy she designed a social inclusion
booklet for her peers that display options of ‘free places’ to go for entertainment,
training and relaxation.
Sharon not only teaches on Trauma Informed Care and Substance Abuse Prevention, she
is also a mental health educator, gifted event planner and researcher.