Updated: Aug 2, 2020
EMBRACE YOUR CROWN CAMPAIGN
By: Asia Wilkerson
Fight the stigma.
1. What has been your experience with mental health? Are there any struggles you overcame or how do you hope to help others overcome theirs? Mental issues run throughout both sides of my family. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve seen how they started appearing in my life or why act the way I do about things. However, I went through a stage in my life where I was really low and finally broke down to start going to therapy. Best and scariest decision of my life. From there, I was able to piece together generational things and issues that have been a factor in my life and the work I can do to fix these things. My therapist always applauded me for coming in the office and being honest with myself and admitting what I needed to work on. Just from taking my first appointment in the therapist office I’ve already broke a generational curse within my family. It’s okay to get help and talk to someone. Although somethings may not directly be our fault, if we recognize it then it becomes our responsibility fix it.
2. 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?
A big stigma was that it would make me seem “crazy”. However, mental health is literally for everybody. We all go through so much it takes an effect on us in different ways. Another thing was the cost of therapy. I thought it was hundreds of dollars. However, it less than getting a meal at juicy crab especially if you have insurance. That kept me from going a lot. Plus now they are several different alternatives to get affordable therapy.
3. 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 went through a break-up last year and it was really weighing on me heavy. I decided it was the right time to get help. I could address not only downfalls in the relationship but other issues I was dealing with in life and generational occurrences. 5
4. Was there any reason why you were not able to seek therapy?
Lack of Culturally Competent Therapists; Lack of Affordable Therapy