EMBRACE YOUR CROWN CAMPAIGN
By: Tyler Jones
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 was diagnosed with Bipolar Depression when I was 10 years old. I was on countless of anti depressants but none of them made me feel okay again. It was hard being young and dealing with my mental health issues. I felt like I could not be around my friends or family because I felt I couldn’t control my emotions or actions. Over the years, I became suicidal and more angry than usual at everyone around me. As I got older I seek counseling and I overcame and took control of my feelings and actions. I am very open about my story and I try to tell other people to let them know they are not alone.
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?
“If you go to counseling, you are crazy”
“If you take medication, you are drug addict”
“Because you suffer from depression, you will never be good in life”
Those comments never really affected me.
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, to deal with my issues. 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?