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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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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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