The Qween Foundation

Updated: Aug 2, 2020



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’m still working on overcoming my mind, I’m always in battle with my mind because of the things I’ve been through and the things I have allowed. I feel weak sometimes which makes me push even the genuine people away. I’m not in a headspace to help others yet, but I will be one day! After being sexually abused as a child and receiving physical abuse in my relationship plus mental abuse, I have had a roller coaster of emotions that have completely shaped my mentality and actions. Still trying to find peace and a safe haven to grow to learn myself again.

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?

Every time a black person has acted out we’ve been criticized instead of taken seriously about our mental health. It’s draining and it makes you not want to seek help!

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?

No, I have always talked myself out of therapy because I’ve always been conscious of letting people into my gameroom and knowing my business. It’s shameful sometimes; 5

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

I didn't think it was for me.

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

Culturally Competent Therapists; Affordable Therapy; Family Support

Dear Black Women,

You are loved, you are seen, you are heard.