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Updated: Aug 2

EMBRACE YOUR CROWN CAMPAIGN

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? In hindsight, I have dealt with mental health issues for many years (about 12 years now). However, until last year I was unaware that the feelings of unworthiness, insecurities, and anxieties I've struggled with for so long were mental health issues. I am still working to overcome negative self-thoughts by reading daily devotionals, spending time in prayer, and visiting my therapist biweekly. However, I do hope to help someone else learn to truly love every part of their being (including an anxious, over-thinking, and sometimes irrational mind!)

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?

In the Black community, there are many negative stigmas pertaining to mental health. I'm not sure about myths; however, I do know that especially as a black Christian you are told to just "pray" and "read the word" and assume that your mental health issues will just leave. I am a firm believer in Christ and the power of prayer, but sometimes talking to someone on top of prayer can be very therapeutic. Fortunately, the negative stigmas never impacted my thoughts about going to therapy. I want everyone to know that getting help and taking care of yourself is never anything to be ashamed about!


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 go to therapy to get to the root of my anxiety and learn how to live a full and healthy life. 5

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

N/A

In the Black community, there are many negative stigmas pertaining to mental health. I'm not sure about myths; however, I do know that especially as a black Christian you are told to just "pray" and "read the word" and assume that your mental health issues will just leave. I am a firm believer in Christ and the power of prayer, but sometimes talking to someone on top of prayer can be very therapeutic. Fortunately, negative stigmas never impacted my thoughts about going to therapy. I want everyone to know that getting help and taking care of yourself is never anything to be ashamed about! ill not happen within a 1-hour session alone. You must put in the work OUTSIDE of therapy as well if you really want to see results!


Dear Sister,

I think that therapy is great, but I think it's important to understand what it truly means to go and thrive from the experience. When I initially started going to therapy, I went in with the mindset of being "fixed". Now, almost 1 year later, I realize that therapy is not meant to "fix" something - as this would indicate that I'm broken. Instead, I now go to therapy with the mindset of learning to live and cope with having anxiety. I have learned that when your perspective shifts and you are truly ready to make a change, therapy becomes a lot more productive. Also, remember that the change will not happen within a 1 hour session alone. You must put in the work OUTSIDE of therapy as well if you really want to see results!