Guest Contributor: Malcom Merriweather II
Fitness and Mental Health Enthusiast
What does Black Mental Wellness mean to you?
Black mental health to me is the key that opens the door to stability and serenity. Your mental health is just as important as your physical and spiritual health. It all requires constant maintenance and attention in order to be full as a person.
How do you promote change and well-being in the Black community?
I promote change and well-being in the Black community by being the change I want to see. I strive to break every stereotype that society has set for us Black men. I always carry myself as if a younger person is watching. I want them to look at me with admiration and trust that I’m doing the right thing.
Tell us about your educational and/or professional training, and current area of expertise related to mental health and wellness?
I am God-taught. When I say that I mean I literally only had God leading me to the area I am now. I started my weight loss and mental health journey all on my own. I then started teaching my ways to the people in my apartment complex. That lead to me getting a job at Mercedes-Benz where I help people not only get in shape physically but mentally as well.
What are some ways that you promote mental health and wellness through your area of expertise (yoga instructor, clergy, mental health professional, etc.)?
I promote mental health through love of your physical health. Once you learn to love who you are on the inside. It becomes easier to love yourself on the outside. So when you see imperfections in your body, they don’t become things that tear you down. They instead become areas that you see yourself able to improve.
What are some things that we should know about your area of expertise?
I am a loving trainer which is extremely hard to find. I believe that anyone who is brave enough to exercise their mental or physical health in public is a hero in my eyes. They get my full respect and attention in all areas.