Guest Contributor: Bri’Ann Stephens
Speaker, You Talk Too Much
What does Black Mental Wellness mean to you?
Black Mental Wellness means that, as a black person, it is vital that I strengthen my mind as well as other aspects of my body. For many years, black people have been taught that our bodies are the most valuable part of us-- that if our bodies are well, then so are we. We then neglect the most important part of us, which is our minds. Our minds shape us at our core and are a key factor in our decision making. Just like anything you want to be successful at, you have to train. I believe Black Mental Wellness is about training your mind how to function properly in a way that works best for you, in a positive way.
How do you promote change and well-being in the Black community?
I am a transformative speaker, and my mission is to impact a generation of women to speak their raw truth and to walk in their purpose.
I am a 29-year-old Black woman who has struggled with depression and who has been addicted to a toxic lifestyle. Through prayer, mentors, purpose and sharing my story, I have been able to create a life that I do not want to escape from.
I have learned many things in regard to business, life, and relationships. My goal is to share my story and the story of others in order to motivate a generation of women to walk in their purpose.
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 am premiering a new podcast called, "You Talk Too Much." The show where we talk about the things that people say you should not talk about; in life, relationships, and business.
My inspiration comes from being told that I talk too much. It’s taboo to talk about your personal business, financial business, family business, struggles, etc. From a young age I, like many women, was taught to hush. So now, I speak, and I speak fast, and I speak boldly. The things I was quiet about were the things I needed to discuss in order to heal and help others.