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Black Mental Wellness Ambassador Introduction & Spotlight Interview

Guest Contributor:

Shayla R. Colbert, Black Mental Wellness Ambassador

My name is Shayla R. Colbert and I obtained my Bachelor of Science from Wayne State University in Business Administration, with a concentration in management. Go Warriors! I am a mother of two (a college freshman and a 4th grader). They both keep me busy, but the work is so rewarding. I have worked in accounting for the past 10 years.

My invitation to become the Black Mental Wellness Ambassador came by surprise, but I am so grateful for the opportunity and recognition. Therapy positively impacted my life as I coped with the aftermath of my divorce. I was emotionally and mentally depleted. I needed a mental and emotional “regroup & recharge.” I was able to self-evaluate and discover my new self, while understanding my old self. It was at this time, I committed myself to individual therapy.

Through this emotional, yet awakening period of my life, my therapist helped put things in perspective and challenged my way of thinking through asking simple questions. In addition to our therapy sessions, I asked for recommended readings to help me gain a better understanding of what I was experiencing at that time. This new discovery and new found understanding was so exhilarating for me! I wanted anyone who would listen and who was open to seeking professional support to join me in my journey of self-discovery, as I believe we all could benefit from therapy in one way or another.

Thus, I was pleased to hear that a near and dear friend of mine, Dr. Danielle R. Busby, PhD, and her well versed and esteemed colleagues started Black Mental Wellness, Corp. Black Mental Wellness is a movement, and will be a lifestyle for many to adopt! I was so grateful and surprised to be named a Brand Ambassador and hope that the team is pleased with my efforts of supporting their vision, just as much as I am pleased and impressed with their efforts!