With anxiety, depression, and suicide rising at an alarming rate, the importance of tending to our mental well-being has never been more critical, particularly in the context of social media. This past weekend I arranged for one of my clients to speak at the Mental Wealth Expo, a visionary event conceived by radio and TV personality Charlamagne tha God of the Breakfast Club. Collaborating with Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble, iHeartMedia, and the Mental Wealth Alliance, they curated a comprehensive day of discussions and interactive sessions centered around mental health.
Despite the unfavorable weather conditions in New York City, thousands of individuals turned out to engage with experts and advocates in the field of mental health, including Michelle Williams, Tamika Mallory, Priscilla Frederick-Loomis, and Carson Daly. Their willingness to share resources and personal experiences at the event emphasized the considerable demand for healing and recovery, especially among people of color who have been deeply affected by enduring trauma.
The topic of mental health can sometimes feel very heavy, but by emphasizing resources, practical advice, and fostering a positive perspective, the atmosphere was lightened. Caring for your mental health takes on different forms for each individual. Some choose to see a therapist, while others find solace in meditation, exercise, or journaling. On the flip side, some opt to limit their screen time or read books. The key is to do what works best for you and seek the assistance you need.
There remains a persistent stigma around mental health, particularly in our community. It’s common for people to mistakenly believe that seeking help implies weakness, madness, or a lack of faith in god. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Asking for help is, in fact, one of the most courageous actions one can take. It reflects self-awareness and a desire to improve oneself, not only for personal well-being but also for the benefit of those around you. Even the Bible acknowledges that we were not meant to bear heavy burdens alone.
For some, simply verbalizing their struggles, even if it’s in front of an audience on platforms like Facebook or Instagram, can significantly alleviate the weight they carry. I want to encourage you to start investing in your healing journey. There are so many great resources and many insurances that fully or at least partially cover your therapy sessions. My last therapy session was $25 ;-).
Below are some resources:
BetterHelp (has an assistance program)
The Loveland Foundation (Has a therapy fund you can apply to)
If you need help finding resources don’t hesitate to reach out my email is Sschirru@dynamicallybpr.com or use the contact form below.
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