July Is National Minority Mental Health Month!

July is National Minority Mental Health Month, and this is really close to my heart. Being a black woman who is suffering from a mental illness, I know all to well the stigma that is attached to it in our communities. I still get people telling me to “pray it away”, or “you shouldn’t be on them meds”! All of this is because our community lacks the education we should have about mental illness. As you all know, mental illness doesn’t care about your color, income, or gender. It still amazes me that my black brothers and sisters still won’t seek the help they need. Well I’m here to tell you that, seeking help doesn’t mean I’m weak, it means I care enough about myself to live another day. To me my diagnoses has been a blessing and a curse. A blessing, because you all get to follow me in real-time on my road to recover. A curse, because I’m still suffering and most days are not good. I still get the urge every now and then to self-loathe, drink too much, and feel guilt. This is why I’m preaching SEEK HELP PEOPLE….Also this month I will have a featured blog piece in the BLACK GIRL SMILES blog, with the focus being on why African-American Women don’t seek treatment. So I look forward to posting lots of information for this month, if just one person seeks help I have done my job…Chat soon!

Published by Olivia B. Shepherd

Welcome, My name is Olivia Shepherd, and I am the founder of this awesome blog about depression and mental illness. I started this blog in 2016 after being diagnosed with Major Depression, Anxiety and PTSD. I didn't have anybody to talk too or share my feelings with, so I decided to share them publicly to help others. I'm passionate and dedicated to bringing awareness about mental health, especially in the African American community. I also want to empower your voice to speak up and fight the stigma surrounding this illness. Iโ€™m also the founder of AshesToBeauty Mentoring & Outreach, a virtual online service dedicated to to the positive development and accelerated recovery of girls and women who have experienced abuse and depression, Ashes To Beauty strives to empower women to take their lives back by providing life skill education, one-on-one mentorship and impactful personal tools by which these impacted women can build the foundation for a successful future. Look forward to having you read my blog, ๐“ž๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ฟ๐“ฒ๐“ช ๐“‘. ๐“ข๐“ฑ๐“ฎ๐“น๐“ฑ๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ญ ๐Ÿ’‹

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