Updated: Jul 2, 2020
EMBRACE YOUR CROWN CAMPAIGN
By: Lucy Brice
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? When I was younger, it was difficult for me to see my value which affected my mental health. I used to place my value in material items or external opinions. My first mindset shift occurred towards the end of my high school career when I decided to be intentional and surround myself with caring people who wanted to succeed in life, like me. Thankfully, I left high school in a better mental state than I started but the work wasn't over. Changing my circle, quieted the external opinions that were once on repeat in my head but unfortunately, I didn’t automatically find my internal cheerleader. So in college, after dealing with some loneliness freshman year, I decided I needed to “date” myself and develop a healthy inner dialogue. I spent my entire sophomore year in prayer, devotion, and speaking to trusted advisors on my campus. I’m grateful I took the time to work on myself and find my voice. My value was always inside of me because I was fearlessly and wonderfully made. Just like you!
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?
"You only go to therapy if you have a problem" was one of the myths I used to hear about therapy. I think this myth stems from a lack of knowledge about the industry. My parents are immigrants, so therapy was a new concept when they moved to the United States. Since they did not know the benefits, they could not effectively advocate the value in therapy. Rather, they taught me and my siblings the importance of relationship building. By sharing this lesson we were able to develop our communication skills and better organize our thoughts which therapy also offers but many individuals may not realize.
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! Therapy has helped me navigate the loss of a sibling, overcome fear, and release some of the pressure I tend to apply on myself when working toward life goals. 4
4. If not, is there any reason why you were not able to seek therapy?
I couldn't afford therapy; not knowing how to pick the right therapist.
5. Lastly, what would make your experience with mental health better?
Balance between culturally competent and spiritual.
To My Sisters,
I believe faith and therapy can coexist. It requires discernment but it's possible.