What are some ways that you promote mental health and wellness through
your area of expertise?
One of the ways I promote Mental Health and Wellness is through facilitating conference calls for Black women
and men every month. We discuss many topics, from maternal mortality, mental health, and toxic masculinity just to name a few. I also promote mental health and wellness through my social media
accounts. Aside from that, I am also apart of a community called “Be The Tree” which is a Rites to Passage program I completed 3 years ago. The focus of the program is to empower women mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
What does Black Mental Wellness mean to you?
Black Mental Wellness hits close to home for me. At the age of 34 my mother was diagnosed
with Schizophrenia and Bipolar. Aside from my mother receiving her diagnoses my oldest
brother was diagnosed with the same diagnoses at the age of 27. Black Mental Wellness is something I speak to everyone about because it has impacted my life dramatically. Black Mental Wellness includes work stressors, unhealthy relationships, neighborhood concerns, living situations, racism, monthly bills, stability, security, etc. So many things can challenge your psyche and cause worry and stress that can cause us to burn out. I believe it is our responsibility to pay attention to our mental health state. We need to be able to seek help and receive proper care. We need access to a Black therapist in our communities because there is an understanding of the culture. Also, we should be consistent with our Black mental wellness.