The Qween Foundation

Updated: Jul 2, 2020


By: Mary Holiman

Fight the stigma.

1. What has been your experience with mental health? Are there any struggles you overcame or how do you hope to help others overcome theirs? My experience with mental health has been hectic, to say the least. I've been in and out of therapy until I finally found someone that works for me. I had to learn that finding a therapist is like trying on clothes, it's not one size fits all. I've always to have to realize that taking medication doesn't mean I'm crazy.

2. From your knowledge, what myths or negative stigmas have been attached to black mental health? If any, how did they shape your thoughts about getting help/going to therapy?

That it's "nothing but the devil" or "white people problems". I thought it was wrong to talk about my issues with someone besides God because I was always told to just pray it away. For years, I knew something was terribly wrong but every time I tried to talk about it, I was shamed or shunned for it so I suffered in silence.

3. Have you ever been to therapy? Why or why not? On a scale of 1-5 how important is it to have a therapist that is culturally competent?

Yes! 5

4. Was there any reason why you were not able to seek therapy?

Lack of Culturally Competent Therapists; Lack of Affordable Therapy