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Spotlight Interview

Guest Contributor:

Kawan Glover

Author & Founder of Overcome Adversity, LLC

Kawan Glover is a writer, public speaker, and self-published author of the memoir “Favor: How Stroke Struggle and Surgery Helped Me Find My Life’s Purpose”. He is also the creator of the company Overcome Adversity, which provides coaching services to individuals struggling with adversity in their personal and professional lives. In the video and interview below, he tells us more about his work and journey.

What does Black mental wellness mean to you?

As Black people, trauma has been passed down, generation after generation, and has been left unchecked. Thus, it has warped our perception of what wellness is because we have become accustomed to functioning while not being whole inside. So, on top of the issues that may arise from merely living in this world, Black people have that added layer. Black Mental Wellness is a way to analyze ourselves holistically, break the mental health stigma embedded in our community, and move away from the trauma we have so long held in our bodies, mind, and spirits.

How can we encourage more people to seek mental health treatment?

One of the biggest things I’ve noticed in my mental health journey was that I felt alone. Sharing my story and the stories of others allows people who struggle with their mental health to feel like someone else understands. Not feeling alone provides hope and a bit of courage to seek out a way to help treat yourself. Using vulnerability in sharing your story, and applying empathy while hearing theirs, are the best tools for the job!

How do you take time for wellness and self-care?

I have a morning routine that consists of prayer, meditation, journaling, manifestations, reading, and exercise. This routine allows me to check in with myself and clear my head. The consistency strengthens my discipline, and that allows me freedom in other areas. Freedom, to me, is self-love.

Guest Contributor

Kawan Glover is a survivor, he has lived through a stroke and three brain surgeries. He also dealt with suicidal ideations, one attempt, opioid addiction, depression, and has been $1.2 million in medical debt. Despite these hardships, he has started his own company called Overcome Adversity, which leverages his ordeal to help others, as the name says, Overcome their Adversity no matter the shape or form. He is also a writer, public speaker, and a self-published author of a memoir entitled “Favor: How Stroke Struggle and Surgery Helped Me Find My Life’s Purpose”

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