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Minority Mental Health Advocate: Alex Hardy

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I consider myself a mental health advocate. After I began writing, tweeting, and talking about my journey with depression, suicide, and anxiety, I started to host events, participate in panels, give keynotes, and lead workshops based around mental wellness, particularly for Black folks. Via essays, articles, my site TheColoredBoy.com, and my podcast The Extraordinary Negroes, I try to talk and write about mental and emotional wellness as much as possible. Recently, I hosted a literary showcase and conversation series at

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Minority Mental Health Advocate: Davia Roberts

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When I was growing up, mental health was never discussed. If it was mentioned, it was hidden like a dirty secret or dismissed as a “white thing.” But communities of color are not immune to mental illness. If anything, we’re exposed to more trauma due to oppression and need to know how to take care of our mental health. If we continue to neglect our mental health, our bodies and spirits suffer. We deserve to experience wholeness and healing.  

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Minority Mental Health Advocate: Esmé Wang

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I got started because I realized that if I didn’t start being open about mental illness, I never would. There would never be an ideal time. And so all of this works its way into the work that I do. As my immigrant, Taiwanese mother told me, “We don’t talk about these things.” Minority mental health matters to me not only because minority communities often stay quiet about such topics, but also because minority communities often experience traumas that are

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Minority Mental Health Advocate: A’Driane Nieves

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I’ve written extensively about my experience as a postpartum depression and anxiety survivor; in my visual art I focus on the impact of trauma-both inherited and personal, and how living with rapid cycling bipolar disorder type 2 impacts my life. In my first couple of years as a mental health advocate, I noticed a lack of outreach and advocacy targeted specifically to and inclusive of women of color. I noticed our needs and experiences weren’t being widely recognized or discussed

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Minority Mental Health Advocate: Chamique Holdsclaw

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When I was really ready and able to embrace the fact that I had a mental illness, I wanted to educate myself on the disorder I have. And through seeking education, I developed a passion to advocate for all those that are affected by the stigma of mental illness in our society. Because I always find myself in the minority….black, woman, LGBT, low socioeconomic upbringing etc. I pride myself in finding my own voice by being a voice for the voiceless

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Minority Mental Health Advocate: Dom Chatterjee

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I founded QTPoC Mental Health in March 2015 after a year-long breakdown brought on by resurfacing trauma, and instead of getting support and compassion from the people around me at that time, I was abused in multiple ways. Desperation got me started; gratitude and love keep me going. And the movement to create emotional support resources by and for queer & trans people of color just keeps growing because of so many of us, myself included, need support that existing systems of care

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Minority Mental Health Advocate: Terrell Jermaine Starr

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I’ve written about my own challenges with depression for major publications and I host chats about mental health on Twitter. I try to be as open as possible about my past issues with depression so that others will feel safe to share their issues with whoever they are comfortable and seek the help they need. Many people have reached out to me over social media for help, which makes me feel very proud that my transparency makes a difference.   

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Minority Mental Health Advocate: Diana Chao

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I found Letters to Strangers when I was 14. Two years prior, I’d sunk deep into depression and bipolar disorder and attempted suicide. After that experience, I couldn’t bear the thought of anyone feeling so lonely and lost. I believe in the power of human connection; that writing is humanity distilled into ink; that one letter – one human connection – can save a life. So when I heard of people at VidCon exchanging letters with strangers for fun, I transformed

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Minority Mental Health Advocate: Stefanie Flores

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I started working as a therapist 13 years ago. Someone who battles addiction doesn’t just battle addiction. Everyone’s story is combined. I started blogging about self-care and mental health 2 years ago to give resources and inspiration to people outside my therapy office. Sel f-care isn’t just for therapy clients. Solution focused care is needed worldwide. I want people to walk out of their house every day knowing what they need & honoring their needs in order to be a

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Minority Mental Health Advocate: Shanti Das

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My dad was from India and my mom is African American. I was raised in an all AA community and often times people would not talk about any of this. Even now, it seems that many are still afraid to face these issues head on. What so many don’t understand is that help is there and many can lead extremely successful lives. There are so many levels to mental health and I want to do my part to raise awareness.

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