How to do Black History Month right this year
You must be thinking, “Not again. Not another article about how to do EDI right. What do they want? It’s either too much or too little or completely wrong.” I get it. But the Black community (local, national, and global) didn’t see this revolution occurring in the near future either! But here we are. Together, […]
White, black, old, young, tall, short: What different types of therapists are really like, Part ll
* Originally published March 20th, 2019 One of the longest relationships with a therapist I’ve had, was a short Jewish lady who was a general practitioner. I’d come in, sit on the chair next to the examination table and we’d have long sessions, instead of the normally provided quicker family doctor appointments. She was amazing […]
White, black, old, young, male, female: What different types of therapists are really like, Part lll
* Originally published March 20th, 2019 There were times I did meet a therapist and simply didn’t connect or like them and what they had to say, this is partly what led to such a high count of mental health professionals I’ve seen. It was never difficult for me to stop seeing someone right away, […]
My Jamaican Dad’s Advice about Life & Mental Health
Many Black parents believe there is just no room or time for mental illness. If you profess your struggle to your family it’s often met with frustration or even anger. But I want you to know, you are not alone! When I first got sick my Dad’s favorite thing to say to me was, “If […]
This is a marathon, not a sprint
This is by far still one of my favourite lockdown/covid19/Black Lives Matter quotes! What do you do to prep for a marathon? How do you run a marathon the day-of? You eat well. You get rest. You run longer and longer distances to condition your body and mind. You look into the future and think […]
Dear West Indian & African parents
Many immigrant parents have a very hard time processing that their child has a mental illness or poor mental health. “You have food, shelter and everything else I provided for you, why are you depressed? What is there to be depressed about?” As someone who is half Jamaican and half Vincentian and lives with depression, […]
What does it mean to be Black and live with a mental illness?
Many are having conversations around being black and what that means to them. Some are just realizing what it is like to live as a black person. Some are seeing their black friends or family in a new light. Often black people mention that we cannot take our blackness off at the end of the day. It influences every single aspect of our lives and that includes our mental health.