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Minority Mental Health Advocate: Nosipho Nxele

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My great passion is for the empowerment of women and to break stereotypes carved on them by society. This is what led me to explore mental health and the conversation around mental illness in my illustrations. I was raised with religious values, but I have always been very opinionated about everything. My work is mostly expressionism, mental illness, religion and other topics that affect women in society. The love for what I do comes from the process of discovering how I share my

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Minority Mental Health Advocate: Emily Wu Truong

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I have been a motivational speaker for 4 years now. I believe I had to experience my years of depression and anxiety in order to bring me on the path that I’m on now. Before my mental health advocacy, I had two jobs where I felt disrespected, and I finally realized that I needed to learn how to respect and love myself! In July 2013, there was a legislative briefing on Asian American mental health, and I was so excited

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Minority Mental Health Advocate: Tiffany Shivers

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I have seen the effects of untreated mental health in my life and in the black community. As minorities, it is undeniable that we have been exposed to so much generational and present day trauma. I believe our community has to learn how to heal. It is our time to change the narrative of what mental health looks like in our community and make emotional wellness a priority. I believe that if we can successfully do this then we can

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Minority Mental Health Advocate: J.P. Regis

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I recently founded the Queer Minority Mental Health Project (@qpoc_mh on Twitter) to advocate for greater representation of, and resources for, LGBTQ people of color in the mental health field. Too many living at the intersection of these identities, including myself, lack representation in the mental health narrative and struggle to find LGBTQ and culturally competent providers. The Project seeks to educate the public on the unique mental health experiences of this community, and help providers understand their unique needs.

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Minority Mental Health Advocate: Mimi Khúc

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I curated and published a project called Open in Emergency: A Special Issue on Asian American Mental Health. It attempts to answer that question of what mental health looks like when you live in a world that is trying to kill you. It asks us to start first with the violence of racialized living and what Asian American life looks like in that context–its shape, its capacities, its dreams, its nightmares, its foreclosures, its failures–and then asks how we can

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Minority Mental Health Advocate: Dr. Joy Harden Bradford

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I am a licensed Psychologist and the creator of Therapy for Black Girls. It is important to me that Black women and girls make their mental health a priority and to do this I wanted to create a platform that would make mental health issues more relevant and accessible. Through the use of blog posts, community conversations, and the podcast, I share information with Black women to help them become the best possible versions of themselves. I have been licensed

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Minority Mental Health Advocate: Imade Nibokun

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I wouldn’t be alive if I didn’t tell someone I needed help. I would have done that much sooner if my depression and anxiety issues were normalized. I founded Depressed While Black to be an online platform where we can share stories that remind us we are not alone. Our mental health is often bombarded with messages that people of color are less deserving of psychological care. Minority mental health reclaims our minds and embraces our complex and vulnerable humanity. Taking medication

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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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