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Minority Mental Health Advocate: Julius Boatwright

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Minority mental health matters for a myriad of different reasons. Minorities and people of color carry the weight of our collective trauma. No matter how we dissect it, we’re still trying to make sense of some heavy historical pains. As people of color, we don’t receive adequate and ongoing mental health support. During my time serving as a Community-Based Therapist, I witnessed everything. I stood helplessly over incubators looking at newborn babies addicted to heroin. I cried with mother’s as

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Minority Mental Health Advocate: Nikki Webber Allen

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Meet Nikki Webber Allen – she’s making a difference with @ilivefororg. Follow us to learn more about Nikki! — #minoritymentalhealthawarenessmonth #minoritymentalhealthmonth #minoritymentalhealth #projecturok #mentalhealthresource #anxietyresource #depressionresource #youarenotalone #storiesbreakstigma A post shared by Project UROK (@projecturok) on Jul 8, 2017 at 8:52am PDT Tell us about the work you do and how you got started. In 2013, I lost my 22-year old nephew Paul to suicide after he’d battled years of debilitating depression and anxiety. In Paul’s honor, I launched the

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Minority Mental Health Advocate: Jessica Gimeno

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How I got involved…well I struggled with recurring symptoms of depression starting in my childhood, which became more severe in my teenage years. My senior year of high school, I asked adults for help but was told, “this is just teenage angst.”  Then, my freshman year of college, I lost a friend who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder to suicide.   Meet Jessica Gimeno – she’s making a difference with Fashionably ill @jessicagimeno Follow us to learn more about Jessica!

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Minority Mental Health Advocate: Rowana Abbensetts

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During my darkest hour of depression, when I didn’t think I could hold on to life for another day, I remember wishing there was a place where I could talk to other women of color with similar experiences. Years later my passion for mental health and my life-long fascination with writing and literature came together when I started my blog Spoken Black Girl. Since then, I’ve been raising awareness about mental health and mental illness while creating spaces for women

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When Mental Illness Feels Good

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When Mental Illness Feels Good by Sarah Hartshorne There are lots of things about my PTSD that I would get rid of if I could: feeling like I got hit by a ton of bricks out of nowhere; being flooded by memories while getting a sandwich; being triggered by a Julia Child’s impression at a comedy show (actually, I wouldn’t change that. That’s hilarious.) Seeing concrete improvement helps. Knowing how far I’ve come is like a silver lining I can hang onto.

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Guest Blog- Treat Yo Self

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Treat Yo Self! A Story of Emotional Burnout by Brandon Ha, founder of Break Yo Stigma Our community is fighting and it’s a beautiful thing to see. From mental health statement selfies on Instagram to semicolon tattoos; more and more people who live with mental illness are sharing their stories on social media. If you check out #MentalHealthAwareness on social media, you’ll see and feel a mixture of emotions: pride, sadness, motivation, and inspiration. People living with mental illness are doing more work

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Guest Blog- “How did I get Here?”

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How did I get Here? by Jamie Marie   How did I get Here? Someone recently presented me with the question; “How did you get to where you are today? What made you realize you had to make a change?” Let me just say it wasn’t easy…but I will make my best attempt at answering those questions and sharing my journey. My journey of healing and opening up about my mental health began in 2014 I was 24 years old

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Tear Soup

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by Liza Larregui I was always an emotional child, crying at the slightest of things. I cried so often, my father nicknamed my spells tear soup. “Are you making tear soup again?” He’d say as he tried to comfort me. “You’re getting soup all over my shirt!” My emotional state never really changed as I aged. Throughout elementary school, for some odd reason, whenever I asked to use the bathroom, my teachers would deny me. The result was me peeing

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Depressed While Black: An Exerpt

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by Imade Nibokun (@imadeintruth) An excerpt of Depressed While Black originally appeared on The Conversation, a Al-Jazeera+series. In 2012, I received a wake up call. I sped on a Los Angeles highway wanting to die. A few days later, I walked into USC’s Student Counseling building, the same service I thought I didn’t need a few months before. I was such an emotional wreck that I had not one, but two school counselors staring at me as if I was minutes from my

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Meet Project UROK intern Kaitlyn!

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by Kaitlyn (@klubkaitlyn) Hey there, people of the internet! My name is Kaitlyn and I am the newest intern at Project UROK!  I am a college graduate, free-thinker, television + film fanatic¹, lover of lipstick, and proud feminist with a passion for social justice. In my spare time, I enjoy watching marathons on Netflix, painting designs on my nails, attending improv² comedy shows and researching theories on life in space³. I received my bachelor’s degree in media studies from Hunter College

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