EMBRACE YOUR CROWN CAMPAIGN
Fight the stigma.
What has been your experience with mental health? Are there any struggles you overcame or how do you hope to help others overcome theirs? For a long time I struggled with social anxiety. Every time I was in an instance where people were looking about me inventively. I would clam up and feel as if I was drowning.
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?
There is definitely a negative stigma towards Black Americans and depression. It hasn't been researched hard enough and it leads to a mass amount of under diagnoses, misdiagnosis, and under treatment of depression. I learned this a couple of years ago and it has made me want to look into therapy more but I didn't really know where to start.
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?
I have not because for the longest time I thought I didn't need it in addition to it being too expensive. 5
Was there any reason why you were not able to seek therapy?
I couldn't afford therapy.
Lastly, what would make your experience with mental health better?