"This virtual event was a first of its kind and the crowd was extremely engaged and interactive via the virtual platform."
"During the presentation, Abraham made a point to ensure people were engaged. He paused at the right moments and asked people to interact with him via chat. He also did a breathing exercise with students at the end that will be an extremely useful tool for them to have."
"I loved your H.O.T. analogy, it was very unique. Thank you for sharing your story."
"I really appreciate the panelists, particularly Abraham. Working for NAMI, the peer/lived-experience knowledge is extremely important and often taken for granted."
"Abraham was one of five panelists who shared information and/or lived experience insight with over 400 live attendees during this event."
"Due to COVID-19, our presentation with Mr. Sculley was virtual, but my students were receptive throughout the entire presentation. Though it is harder to gage interest in an audience virtually, Mr. Sculley kept my students engaged, and it was seen in the chat
as students commented throughout the presentation."
"During the Q&A session, Abraham responded to students’ questions very thoughtfully. I have received much positive feedback from students on how powerful his speech was, and it was “just what we [students] needed.”
"Your story of seeking support is effective motivation to others and brings awareness. Through your story, the crowd found reasons to support and reach out for additional resources and asked additional questions of us as the provider to give to them in their journey."
Professional Mental Health Speaker
Abraham Sculley is a professional mental health speaker, educator, author, and storyteller on a mission to eradicate the stigma of mental health. As seen on the recent MTV Documentary film, "Each and Every Day" he skillfully creates safe spaces for honest conversations about mental health, illness, and stigma through sharing his personal battle with depression.
Abraham's mental health story started during his second semester of college. The pressures of being a first-generation college student led to his first major depressive episode which was followed by his medical withdrawal and 3-month hiatus from school.
After his brief break, he decided to return to college and complete his degree. In 2019, Abraham walked across the stage, received his B.A. in Psychology, and decided to master the art of storytelling and take his mental health story to the stage.
Abraham has impacted thousands of students across the country and continues to work with student leaders and educational professionals from some of the top colleges and universities like UCLA, Georgetown University, and the University of Florida in combatting the stigma of mental health. Taking the stories and principles from his book, Unlearn The Lies: A Guide to Reshaping The Way Think About Depression, Abraham addresses the myths about mental health in a compelling, sincere, and dynamic way (physically and virtually) to evoke conversations that students want to have, need to have, and are ready to have.
Combating the Stigma of Mental Health
Journaling to Wellness
Honesty, Openness, and Transparency
Suicide Prevention on Campus
Mental Health Motivation and Awareness
Coping Through a Pandemic
Men and Mental Health/Self-Care
Religion and Spirituality
Athletes and Mental Health
About the Book
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “depression”? Unlearn the Lies: A Guide to Reshaping the Way We Think about Depression addresses seven lies that infiltrate the hearts and minds of so many people, causing them to suffer in silence. Throughout the book, Abraham Sculley courageously shares the personal struggles and challenges he faced to unlearn the lies he told himself after being diagnosed with clinical depression in college.
As a young, black, Christian man, the pressures of his religion, culture, and society planted seeds that seemed impossible to uproot. However, through his commitment to doing the work for his mental health, he was able to overcome the depths of depression. This book is designed to expose the lies that you may be telling yourself about depression, walk you through the steps of unlearning those lies, and give you practical tools and tips to achieve optimal mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
Abraham Has Worked With
Event coordinators say
"Working with Abraham was a breeze. I valued his promptness and professionalism in the preparation of this event. He was consistently available and responsive to all communications. This made it very easy to work with him and we look forward to doing it again."
— Eating Recovery Center / Pathlight Mood and Anxiety