The Inspirational Speaker, Swiyyah Woodard, is a Baynews9 Everyday Hero seen by two million viewers, a two time published Author, a University Lecturer, and a Certified TV Producer. Swiyyah received her BA degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida in 2001 with a concentration in Business Administration. She was triumphant in surviving life’s most devastating tragedies, relapsed and was misdiagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Now, after nine years with no relapse, because of the psychological and physical strategies she has chosen to activate, she is able to experience life as a normal person. She now takes great joy in inspiring people to live out their dreams regardless of the disability. She does this through providing coping skills, life skills and goal development strategies.
- Don't Call Me Crazy! I'm Just in Love “I could not put this book down. Swiyyah Woodard is a phenomenal author and she has an anointing in her writing. And I know it was God who wrote this book for her.” First Lady Samantha Franklin –United Kingdom of Christ Fellowship (UKCF) “Hands down this is one of the best books that I have ever read in my life. When I first heard Swiyyah speak I said to myself I had to get this book because it’s a fantastic read and I think everybody should get this book!” –Rashida Strober National playwright Award-winning author, Swiyyah Woodard, teaches others how to overcome mental illness through an inspirational romance inspired by her own powerful story. Don’t Call Me Crazy! I’m Just in Love is a romantic drama about a young woman who wants to marry the love of her life. In order to fulfill her dream, she has to overcome drama—from her gossiping friends who despise her lover, drama from her future mother-in-law who despises her, and drama from an obsessed young man. After weeks of chronic stress, she develops the most debilitating psychotic disorder known in the mental health community: schizophrenia. Required reading for High schools and colleges.
- Don't Call Me Crazy! Again “Many of us mentally ill patients have the gift, the gift to see what others cannot see. Our minds move faster than everyone else." Award-winning author, Swiyyah Woodard, teaches others how to overcome mental illness through a suspenseful romance inspired by her own powerful story. Sequel to, "Don't Call Me Crazy! I'm Just in Love." Born in the ghetto but now educated, Anika, fights for her sanity while trying to marry a man from the streets. Will her lover leave or stay because his own darkness makes Anika's seem like a fairytale?
- Swiyyah Woodard was awarded as a Baynews9 Everyday Hero seen by two million viewers for surviving paranoid schizophrenia, publishing a book, and teaching others how to overcome.
- Swiyyah Woodard was a winner of Tampa Bays Black Girls Rock award.
- Swiyyah received her first writing award for an essay she wrote for Pinellas County Urban League in 1992. It meant a lot to her because she felt she would never become successful in life. This award gave her hope and encouragement to achieve her dreams.