The Qween Foundation


By: Anonymous

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? I’ve been through depression and I have a brother who suffers from bipolar, depression and schizophrenia. I had to overcome thinking that my health was nothing compared to my brother’s and that it wasn’t selfish to focus on myself.

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 mental health is not real. That it’s all in your mind. That you’ll be okay with time. They made me not even want to seek therapy.

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, because I was starting to have very dark thoughts. 5

If not, is 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?

Culturally Competent Therapists