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This blog was created to foster and build awareness of mental health within the African American community. This blog targets black women and black men in hopes of building understanding of the effects of mental health issues.

Black Mental Health, Mental Health

5 Things You Should Know About Forgiveness

July 30, 2019
Two cups of coffee

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Why Should You Forgive?

If you are reading this article, then you are either curious or seeking to improve your emotional and mental health. Or you are thinking of how you can improve your life and create holistic health and healing in your life.

Then, you’ve come to the right place. The truth is that we all have things that we need to let go of. We all have things that we are afraid to face, and we are all just trying to figure out how to do our best and be happy. We are all seeking belonging in some form or another.

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Black Mental Health, Black Women

Black Women Health and Wellness

May 23, 2018

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Let’s face it…the health and wellness of black women is not a priority of the society that we live in. Black women face the intersection of gender and race minority (double minority). If you are an immigrant, such as myself, you stand in the center of a 3-way minority junction. The term “intersectionalilty” highlights intersections such as these very well for people of color. Health and wellness for black women is an area that is sorely needs more support.

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Black Mental Health, Black Women

5 Self-care Tips for Mothers Everywhere

May 16, 2018
Blak mother and son

Photo credit: Eloise Ambursley/Unsplash

So, in this month – May – we celebrate Mother’s Day in the United States and parts of the Caribbean. Many of us will be heading out to seek out the perfect Mother’s Day presents, scheduling our Mother’s Day specials (brunches, dinners, massages, etc), and generally obsessing about the perfect Mother’s Day for our loved ones. So, as a mother myself, and surrounded by my own mother and mother-in-law, of course, I will be doing the same!

Of course, I had to join the Mother’s Day festivities. What can we say about mothers? They are awesome. We know there are mothers who have this name in roles only. But we have to give thanks for the women in our lives that love us unconditionally and support us. Most of these precious women tend to care for everyone but themselves. This has been our socialization.

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Black Mental Health, Spirituality

Universal Laws That Govern The World

May 9, 2018

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Once we have made the decision to improve ourselves and our lives, changes must be made within ourselves and our lives to accomplish this goal. One of the issues that I have identified with the black community is that we do not take the time to educate ourselves about how the world works. We know that there are obstacles that stand in our way because of issues beyond our Circle of Influences (reference to Steven R. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People), however, we should never let obstacles or fears stand in our way of pursuing the lives we want for ourselves. The universal law affects us all. Instead of holding on to the victim mentality, it is necessary for us to change our mindsets and focus on what we want rather than on the things we do not want. After all, focusing on the things that we do not want is a sure way of getting those very things because we get what we focus on.

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Black Mental Health, Spirituality

Mental Health and Spirituality

April 25, 2018

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Mental health and spirituality are factors that affect our daily lives. Our community has longed viewed spirituality and a relationship to God as the sole answer for dealing with difficult times. However, I am a firm believer that faith without works is dead. Mental health and spirituality share a close relationship. Hence, the push in recent years to include spirituality in therapy. Clinicians are ethically bound to address cultural concerns that affect clients. Spirituality does not relate to religion – which is institution based – but focuses on the broader understanding that humans are spiritual beings and possess a soul that is connected to the larger universe.

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