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By: Anon


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? My mental health experiences have been rocky, to say the least. After my mother died at the age of 3, my grandmother got me into a grief therapist. I am thankful for her and her awareness in that respect, to her best ability she wanted me to have a platform to discuss challenges that she knew she wasn't prepared for. From then on I had a therapist until I decided to take matters into my own hands around the age of 18. College life changed that though, I know it's wrong to say that I felt weak that I couldn't manage my situations on my own but I found a strength in reaching out to a professional for help when I needed it the most. Honestly, seeking professional help saved my life. To say that I officially solved all of my problems or will solve all of my problems is a stretch in my opinion. Humans are complex beings and when faced with different opportunities and exchanges in experiences with others- it's a revolving door for potential conflicts and disappointments. But if I could give any advice, I would recommend to look at therapy as a guide and not a cure. Ask yourself: What does my therapist bring out of me? What can I learn from him/her? and how can I actively put it to use?


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?

The origin that you are weak. Let me be honest, I have been:


Raped

Insecure

(and not to say that I haven't made mistakes. I have and will make a lot more. )

manipulated

lied about/on

misunderstood

harassed

stalked - and I'm not talking about your average instagram lurking

reputation ruined

made to feel like I am not "good enough" for love

made to feel like I am not "good enough" for career opportunities

privacy violated

and a lot of other things that I just can't think of right now.


(and not to say that I haven't made mistakes. I have, and will make a lot more. )


I know a lot of people prefer to keep their story to themselves, trust me I get it, I was like that too. But I find that there is an opportunity to create a form of unity when we communicate with one another about issues such as this. Everyone has a story whether it is similar or vastly different from mine or yours, hearing someone's struggles and strategies to cope or pull through such moments could help educate ourselves and others about the importance of mental health and the use of services that are around us.

https://psychcentral.com/blog/why-seeing-a-therapist-makes-you-strong-not-weak/


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, for the various issues stated above 4

If not, is there any reason why you were not able to seek therapy?

I personally never had any issues with therapy, but I do know that there are issues around people who are not versed in the services that are available around them. Of course, this doesn't apply to everyone but nonetheless it is still a prevailing issue.

5. Lastly, what would make your experience with mental health better?

Quality therapist and affordability

Dear Sister,

I know a lot of people prefer to keep their story to themselves, trust me I get it, I was like that too. But I find that there is an opportunity to create a form of unity when we communicate with one another about issues such as this. Everyone has a story whether it is similar or vastly different from mine or yours, hearing someone's struggles and strategies to cope or pull through such moments could help educate ourselves and others about the importance of mental health and use of services that are around us.


Much love~ Kierra