Hello world, I’m Olivia Shepherd founder of AshesToBeauty Online Mentoring & Outreach, I too suffer from depression. I’m a wife, mother,blogger, Gigi, and entrepreneur. I’m an all around normal black woman who also suffers from mental illness, that no one likes to talk about.
I started this blog to bring awareness to my African-American community because we as black women suffer depression at a much higher rate than our white sisters. Depression is a huge health concern among African-American women-but mental health is often stigmatized in the black community. Although it can impact people from all walks of life, cultural habits and historical experiences can cause depression to be expressed and addressed differently among black women.
In my spare time when I’m not motivating and uplifting others. I like making jewerly, dancing, cooking, and writing in my journal. I have recently joined a new church, so it feels good to be on this new faith walk with an amazing church family. I’m also in recovery from alcoholism which is a reason I fight so hard for others. I know all to well that without support you can fail.
So please follow my journey as I stay on this road to recovery, hoping my words can influence you into speaking out and receiving the help you so badly need.
Olivia B. Shepherd (Life Empowerment Mentor)