Cheryl S. Sharp, MSW, ALWF is an Exclusive Consultant to the National Council for Behavioral Health Trauma-Informed Services and Suicide Prevention Efforts. As part of the trauma-informed care (TIC) team, Cheryl works nationally to facilitate TIC Learning Communities and is a content expert on trauma, resilience and TIC implementation. Her role as Exclusive Consultant for Suicide Prevention is to work nationally with National Council partners engaged in moving the needle on preventing suicide. Cheryl is a person in long term recovery from mental health and addiction challenges. She is a nine time suicide attempt survivor who believes that understanding what happened to people changes the conversation from what is wrong with them. Sharp has worked with adult trauma survivors for over 30 years and is passionate about the fact that people can and do recover and go on to live happy, healthy and productive lives. Prior to becoming an exclusive consultant for the National Council, Cheryl started and led all of the National Council’s trauma-informed initiatives. She led On Our Own of Maryland’s Statewide Consumer Networks as the WRAP Outreach Coordinator and was the Executive Director of the STAR Process located in Arizona as well as serving on their Board of Directors. Sharp received her BA in Psychology and a BA in Women’s Studies, followed by her Masters Degree in Social Work from East Carolina University in North Carolina. She has done hospice social work which is also one of her ongoing passions.
Cheryl grew up in Eastern North Carolina and has lived in Atlanta, California, Maryland and Arizona, including living on the Navajo Indian Reservations. She has four sons that include triplets and has one granddaughter and looking forward to twin granddaughters soon. Sharp has been a lifelong sailor, enjoying racing competition along the East Coast as well as a lifelong horsewoman. While her children are the loves of her life; her dog, Watson and cat, Music have been her constant companions for 13 years. Sharp describes herself as a voracious reader, music aficionado and lover of arts and culture.
“Peace: It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of these things and still be calm in your heart.”