Mental Health is not talked about in our community, and us black women for sure get praised for holding it all together in the worst of times. I remember one of the times I struggled with mental health was in college. In fact, I almost lost my scholarship due to the depression I was going through but I had absolutely nowhere to turn. My school offered counseling services but it was so stigmatized. There wasn't organizations, like Black Girls Smile, to really help and protect me.
So, in an effort to continue protecting Black Women, I have decided to say goodbye to my roaring twenties and enter my thirties with a benefit concert raising money to provide mental health resources for Black Women in college, and to continue a longterm relationship with this organization to let black young women know that someone is looking out for them especially because I know what it's like when it feels like you're in this fight all alone. I got y'all. I've heard the stories, and we're ready to do something about it.
of Black Americans are more likely to have serious mental health conditions.
of Black college students experience mental health issues.
of Black students with mental health issues receive a diagnosis compared to 48% of white students.
of Black students reported having serious thoughts of suicide and 1.7% report attempting suicide.
This year, for my 30th birthday, I have decided to raise money for and in collaboration with Black Girls Smile, an organization committed to creating mental health resources for Black women. In an effort to continue to protect black women, they have agreed to help me create mental health resources for black women in college who don't know where to turn to when the resources they are given are limited.
Proceeds from this event will go to Black Girls Smile