Guest Contributor: James and Aubrey Harrison
Co-Founders of “Family, You Alright?”
What does Black Mental Wellness mean to you?
To us, Black Mental Wellness means that we have a community where our wellbeing is protected and supported mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and systemically. It means that there's a space where Black people can be vulnerable and heal in a healthy way.
How do you promote change and well-being in the Black community?
We promote change and well-being in the Black community by creating and distributing our emotion flashcards that look like us. They have literally been a tool that families have used to open up and explore how they feel on a daily basis. Not only have we heard that these flashcards have changed how families communicate, but we've also received feedback from clinicians about the flashcards being a tool they use in session to help individuals identify emotions they may have a hard time expressing.
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?
James and Aubrey Harrison are planning to host a Brother, You good? Virtual event in June 2020, where we provide a free safe space for Black men to share how they are feeling and doing. We see it as a check in where Black men can not only be vulnerable but also receive support from other brothers.
What are your recommendations for ending stigma in the Black community?
To end the stigma of mental health in the Black community we have to normalize emotional expression and awareness and highlight the benefits of therapy.
What are your top 5 favorite wellness and self-care strategies?
Listening to music
Cooking a fun meal
Family, You Alright?” was created by two Black therapists, James Harrison and Aubrey Harrison, who wanted to enhance communication skills and identify sustainable living practices with individuals, couples, and families.
For more information: https://www.famyoualright.com/