The Qween Foundation


By: Alexis Tuggle

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 grandma passed away on Valentine’s Day and my mental health definitely spiraled downward. I’m always known as the “funny friend” and I almost never show what I’m going through but after that it was pretty hard to hide my feelings. I stopped talking to people, stopped going places - the only thing I wanted to do was stay buried in my bed. Some days were better than others but all in all I just wanted to be alone. At first I didn’t relate what I was going through to my mental health but as time progressed and things didn’t change, I knew I had to do something.

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 most common thing people attach to mental health is “crazy”. I learned that holding things in and pretending that nothing is wrong will drive you crazy before going to get help and addressing what’s wrong will.

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 talk to someone with unbiased views of my situation. 3

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

I was ashamed to seek help in the beginning, it felt like I was weak.

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

Culturally Competent Therapists; Affordable Therapy