One in five Americans is affected by mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. However, many people don’t seek treatment due to stigma of getting assistance and mental illness itself. In the Black community in particular, having and/or seeking help for mental illness is still seen as taboo and as something to just pray away. Although it’s been a while since I’ve gone, deciding to go to therapy when I was feeling depressed and anxious was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Fortunately, nowadays, people are becoming more open to sharing their experiences and actually getting the help they need with tools like therapy and counseling. Here are five amazing women to help you on your journey:
1. Lindsay Anderson
Lindsay Anderson is the founder of Consciously Coping where mental illness is talked about in an open and safe environment. Their focus is educating, supporting and sharing stories of minorities and low income families. As a non-profit organization, Consciously Coping fully dedicates their hours, hearts, and minds to the millions of mentally ill consumers.
By utilizing social media as a main source of outreach, they hope to increase mental health treatment in all demographics. Their objective is to decrease the number of mentally ill peers struggling with mental health issues without access to fair and consistent treatment. Learn more at ConsciouslyCoping.com.
2. Dr. Joy Harden Bradford
With Therapy for Black Girls, Dr. Joy Harden Bradford has created an online space dedicated to encouraging mental wellness of Black women and girls. Because the stigma surrounding mental health issues and therapy prevent Black women from taking the step of seeing a therapist, she developed the space to present mental health topics in a way that feels more accessible and relevant.
As a licensed psychologist in the state of Georgia, Dr. Joy’s specialties include working with Black women in both individual and couples counseling. Her primary areas of interest include break-up and divorce recovery, depression, work-life balance, relationship skills, and self-esteem improvement. Visit her at TherapyForBlackGirls.com.
3. Daphne Fuller
Daphne is the founder of Therapeutic Solutions and Wellness, PC. Additionally, she’s an integrative licensed professional counselor, certified yoga instructor, life coach, reiki practitioner and speaker; she incorporates these practices in counseling and coaching with clients upon request.
Because she personally knows how depression and anxiety can affect your life, Daphne’s passion lies in helping adults find their light and shed old limiting beliefs and circumstance that affect their current state of being. She helps individuals and groups tap into the core of what holds them back while providing emotional support, psycho-education and tools to maneuver through the process. Learn more at TherapeuticAndWellness.com.
4. Imade Nibokun
Music journalist turned non-fiction writer Imade Nibokun is the founder of Depressed While Black, a brand and an in-progress book about navigating the mental health system while being broke, Black, and from a religious background. After being diagnosed with major depressive disorder in 2012, she wanted to know why she felt depressed and if she could ever live a normal life again.
Through her blog and social media, Imade also shares mental health stories and content through an African-American lens. Visit her at DepressedWhileBlack.com.
5. Nadia Richardson
Nadia is the creator of No More Martyrs, a mental health awareness campaign committed to building a community of support for Black women with mental health concerns. Inspired by the loss of Karyn Washington (founder of For Brown Girls) and the number of nameless and faceless Black women who manage their mental health concerns in silence, the No More Martyrs campaign is a call to action.
By encouraging a commitment to revolutionary self-care and unapologetic authenticity, the campaign serves as a clearinghouse of resources for living successfully with mental health concerns as well as a support system for Black women who believe they’re facing these issues alone. Learn more at NoMoreMartyrs.org.
Do you know of other Black women in mental health? Share info about her below!