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Eric M. Dugan


Mental Health Survivor

I can relate to people struggling with their mental health because I have been there.  I reached the depths of the lowest depression and have been to the highest state of mania.  I have struggled with a gambling addiction, as well as many other struggles. 

Now, 17 years from my last major mania episode and 6 years clean from my addiction, I live the life of my dreams by helping people with their own struggles with mental health, homelessness, and addiction.  

I am a Poet

At night, I’m an artist. I perform at events all over Richmond inlcuding the legendary Tuesday Verses, the Writer's Den and Lyric Ave. 

I am an Activist

My activism rages from protests to speaking to legislators on topics such as racism,  mental illness and other social justice issues. As a community activist, I did my part in talking to legislatures to pass a bill for Racism to be a public health crisis in Virginia.  I am part of the "If These Walls Could Talk" social justice project to be released in the summer of 2022.  

I am Resilient

After my last bout with mania in 2004, I became a certified ScrumMaster, Six Sigma Blackbelt, and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Psychology, as well as a minor in Religious Studies and an additional focus in Social Justice.


A few years later, after being laid off from my job twice, I chased my passions. Here I am.  I am Eric Dugan. 


I believe everyone is capable of the same type of turnaround and I do everything I can to guide people in the direction that they are intended to go.  




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