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? My experience with mental health began when I gave birth to my youngest child in 2016. Shortly after I gave birth, I began to notice that I didn't feel like myself. I was extremely overwhelmed , even though I had so much help from family & my husband. I felt alone, and I was always crying. My doctor didn't really take my concerns serious enough for me, he gave me medicine & told me to up my dosage if I didn't feel like it was working for me. I started to heal myself, by looking into other options that prayer and church. I looked towards understanding what mental health was & meditation.

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 myths out there are that: Black women are inherently stronger than anyone else, when that's completely false. We endure the same amount pain & hurt. We aren't viewed as human & it's so devastating.

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! I began going to therapy after moving to another state with my husband & children. I began going because I noticed that my mental health was not being taken care of the way I should have been. It's the best decision I ever made in my life. 5

I was able to go to therapy through OpenPath.

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

Culturally Competent Therapists; Affordable Therapy; Family Support

Dear Sister,

You are worthy! Worthy of the life you have designed in your mind & heart. You are enough!