Breaking The Stigma: Women Of Color Speaking Up For Minority Mental Health

07/06/2016 02:06 pm ET Updated Jul 25, 2016

It’s Minority Mental Month !! However few people of color are taking action to spread the word. For too long Mental Illness has been  “white issue” and a taboo topic of conversation in our communities.  You see the unspoken rules of acknowledging mental health issues have kept us prisoners to our mental health conditions. 

Stigma is the negative attitudes that create prejudices that lead to discrimination. Cultural Stigma occurs when a group has its own set of prejudices against an issue in its communities. This is also known as known as cultural bound stigma syndromes 

<a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK44249/" target="_blank">The Influence of Culture and Society on Mental Health.<

Within the last four  years women of color have been on the front lines bringing awareness to social causes effecting communities of color. It should come as no surprise that they are now take initiative to break the stigma of mental health issues affecting people of color.

 Within the last two years several women of color are leading the fight against mental health stigma in communities of color.With 1 and 5 women of color feel comfortable speaking openly about their mental health, several women of color have taken public platforms to use the power of their story to change the narrative. 

Here  is a list of #mentalhealthwarriorsofcolor Women using their voice to break the stigma of mental health in communities of color.  

 

Dior Vargas

 Latina Feminist Mental Health Advocate 

Founder of People Of Color Mental Illness Project

 

<a href="http://diorvargas.com/poc-mental-illness/" target="_blank">http://diorvargas.com/poc-mental-illness/</a>

 

IMADE 

Mental Health Advocate 

Depressed While Black

Shivawn Hill

Lifting  Crowns Documentary 

http://liftingcrowns.com/
Shivawn Hill
http://liftingcrowns.com/

Reverend Dr.Monica Coleman 

Author of Bipolar Faith 

<a href="http://monicaacoleman.com/" target="_blank">http://monicaacoleman.com/</a>
Rev. Dr. Monica Coleman
http://monicaacoleman.com/

Dr. Nadia Richardson

No More Martyrs

<a href="http://www.valenrich.com/no_more_martyrs" target="_blank">http://www.valenrich.com/no_more_martyrs</a>

 A’Driane Nieves

Tesserra Collective

<a href="http://www.tesseracollective.org/" target="_blank">http://www.tesseracollective.org/</a>
<a href="http://www.fauxhousewife.com/" target="_blank">http://www.fauxhousewife.com/</a>

Myisha T & Zoraida Medrano

Brown Sisters Speak

<a href="http://www.brownsistersspeak.org" target="_blank">www.brownsistersspeak.org</a>
Brown Sisters Speak
www.brownsistersspeak.org

Sitawa Wafula

My Mind My Funk

 

<a href="https://www.facebook.com/mymindmyfunk" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/mymindmyfunk</a>

Benir Pierre

Rising Phoenix Abuse Recovery Coaching 

<a href="http://risingphoenixcoaching.com/" target="_blank">http://risingphoenixcoaching.com/</a>

Mia Anika

The Happy Place Project

<a href="https://artmianika.wordpress.com/the-happy-place-project/" target="_blank">https://artmianika.wordpress.com/the-happ

While this list is not exclusive, I am proud that women of color are taking a stand and promoting mental health and wellness in their communities. It is my belief that  women of color can heal the community from stigma , discrimination, and trauma.  The more we open the dialogue of our mental health issues the further empowers others on their journey. Empowering recovery from mental health issues further  promotes and increases  your wellness, recovery and freedom.  

If you know a women, organization or group to add on this list leave a comment of find me on social media @myishat_t

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