|83 arrests, 66 convictions, and hundreds of requests to serve as the keynote speaker in front of audiences that include the United Nations , the President and Commander in Chief of the United States, government agencies, teachers, community and civic organizations, and convicted felons. Featured in the documentary “Behind Closed Doors: Trauma Survivors and the Psychiatric System,” and the subject of the award winning film “Healing Neen.”
After surviving a childhood of unspeakable abuse, unrelenting violence, and betrayal by systems that were charged with helping, Ms. Tonier Cain stands before her audiences today, a testimony to the resiliency of the human spirit exemplifying the innate human instinct to survive.
Tonier “Neen” Cain lived on the streets for twenty nightmarish years. Years filled with hunger, brutality and a lifestyle when described seems unconscionable. Incarcerated and pregnant in 2004, someone finally took the time to ask: “what happened to you” instead of “what’s wrong with you.” It is at that moment she began her journey to become a survivor and for the first time in her life began to live with more hope than fear.
The impact of trauma is realized by every age group, race, ethnicity, socio-economic group, gender, community, and workforce. As Ms. Cain shares her story, audience members find themselves challenging their professional and personal beliefs. Her experience illustrates the consequences that untreated trauma has on individuals and society at-large, including mental health problems, addiction, homelessness and incarceration. Her story evokes anger, frustration, sadness, and despair. It often triggers past traumas. It motivates, it empowers and it restores faith in humanity. It reminds us of the tremendous impact one individual can have on the life of another.
Ms. Tonier Cain is
• the team leader for the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care, with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors;
• a consumer advocate who speaks all over the world on trauma, incarceration, and recovery;
• a case manager and Director of Advocacy Services for a private non-profit in Annapolis, MD. ;
• featured in the documentary “Behind Closed Doors: Trauma Survivors and the Psychiatric System”;
• the subject of “Healing Neen,” a documentary distributed on five continents and based on her life as she moved through multiple systems of care;
• a trauma champion and;
• a wonderful mom.
Please go the the “healingneen.com” website and view the trailer, also I would love to send you a free copy of the whole film. If you would like to see all I done since living under the bridge 7 seven ago, you can google my name “Tonier Cain” . I have three proclamations from governors and mayor proclaiming days named after me.
“Where there is breath, there is hope.” Tonier Cain