Guest Contributor: Kiera Yore
Certified Mental Health Technician
Mental Health Case Manager
Abuse Survivor Coach
Author of “Damage a Road to Recovery”
Tell us about your educational and/or professional training, and current area of expertise related to mental health and wellness?
As a certified mental health technician with a B.S in Psychology. I currently works as a case manager where I provide both mental and physical support to care for mentally ill patients. I aide in both the planning and implementing of patients care. I provide care management for individuals through alleviated stress releasing techniques. As a mental health technician I have special training for the treatment for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled.
What are some ways that you promote mental health and wellness through your area of expertise?
Some of the ways I promote mental health and wellness are through music like listening to binary sounds for healing, I promote techniques like meditation and Reiki which is a hands-on, energy healing and balancing technique that promotes stress-reduction and the balance of mind, body and spirit.
What are some things that we should know about your area of expertise?
As an abuse survivor turned Abuse Survivor Coach I have a passion for my work as a mental health healer. As I am certified in the mental health field I have in-depth knowledge of strategies to help manage one's care. I am also working on my certification as a life coach as I have spent the past 12 years healing my self and want to help others do the same.
What does Black Mental Wellness mean to you?
Black mental wellness means to provide my people with the adequate resources, and support they need to deal with their mental health problems.
How do you promote change and well-being in the Black community?
I promote change and well being to the Black community by creating a non profit organization REACH with my husband with a focus on providing economical resources to the homeless to help them become established productive citizens.
What are some upcoming events you are leading, that promote mental health and wellness, that you would like for our Black Mental Wellness audience to know about?
I have an upcoming guest appearance with Dr Jess Walker in honor of my new book Damage A Road to Recovery. With a sole purpose to help individuals who have been victimized learn how to overcome mental health issues they have experienced in life.
How can we encourage more people to seek mental health treatment?
We can encourage more people to seek mental health treatment by helping them to overcome their trust issue and to open up about their problems.
What are your recommendations for ending stigma in the Black community?
My recommendation for ending the stigma is to advise people to take advantage of the resources that are available online. Also through their personal insurance or employment assistance programs as there are ample resources available to help those who are suffering.
What can potential clients expect during an initial session? Follow up sessions?
Clients can expect personal, or group coaching, pamphlets on self healing and how to be proactive and recognize the signs of child abuse.
What wellness strategies do you think should be given more attention within the Black community? Are there any reasons why you think they are not given more attention? Strategies like what the BEAM black emotional and mental health should be given more attention but I cannot stay for certain why they are not other than the fact Black peoples mental health in general should be given more attention.
How do you make time for your own wellness and self-care?
I make time for my own self care by having my designated self care time before my family wakes up. I start and end my day with morning and nightly yoga.
What are your top 5 favorite wellness and self-care strategies?
Get regular exercise
Keep a balanced diet
Maintain healthy relationships with friends and family
Plan something to look forward to
Always be mindful
What resources do you find most helpful to encourage mental health and wellness?
I utilize a lot of online resources as it provides an abundance of resources to encourage mental health and wellness
Kiera Yore is a certified mental health technician. She is also a college graduate from the University of South Florida with a B.S in Psychology. Who currently works as a mental health case manager where she aids in the care for mentally ill patients. She is a wife, mother and child abuse survivor turned Abuse Survivor Coach. She recently self-published her first novella Damage a Road to Recovery about the assault endured as a child, and overcoming sexual traumas endure throughout childhood. The book provides steps on her journey to selfheal. With hopes to teach and inspire other adults who are suffering from mental health, or emotionally developmental problems as a result of victimization