Carmen Joyce is an artist, idealist, visionary, instigator, mental health advocate and peer living in recovery (not necessarily in that order). She learned to use art as a healing modality as a teen experiencing deep depression. In 2014 she created the nonproﬁt, I Still Matter.
I Still Matter (ISM) is a peer-run program that works to foster mental and emotional healing through art and creative expression. ISM provides free monthly expressive arts support groups and supportive programming. In 2017 ISM received a Ripple Effect Award from MHA of NEFL for “Innovative Program”. Carmen possesses Bachelor of Science in both Criminology and Sociology along with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling. She has worked in the ﬁeld of mental health over 14 years. She spent twelve of those years working with teens in the role of counselor and teacher.