February 24: Aijahlon Carden
Aijahlon Carden is a Pulaski, TN native. She previously worked with Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services’ Office of Crisis Services and Suicide Prevention as a Project Director. She worked in the Office of Consumer Affairs and Peer Recovery Services as a Consumer Advocate/MHSAS Program Specialist. She has a background as a mobile crisis clinician and psychiatric intake coordinator providing services to those in need of emergency psychiatric services by meeting them where they’re at and now works as a tribally focused Government Project Officer in SAMHSA’s Suicide Prevention Branch.
Aijahlon is a 2018 Middle Tennessee State University Master of Social Work graduate. She is also a first-generation graduate who is a licensed master social worker and is currently pursuing licensure to sit for the Tennessee licensed clinical social worker designation.
In the last four years since Aijahlon graduated with her Master’s Degree, she has established herself in the mental health field and community as a person with a strong understanding of the problems and needs of the population she serves. Her enthusiasm, determination, dependability, integrity, excellent communication skills, ability to solve conflicts, and use of ethical values of consistently placing high regard for the well-being and social justice of clients are seen in how she has contributed and embedded herself in the mental health field in such a short time.