Healing from Hurricane Harvey Trauma

Looking at social media and watching the news is just too much to take in right now. It’s heart breaking to see the city I love being washed away in a sense. But the strength and resiliency of the people is why I love Houston. It has been my home for 10 years now. And […]

What Is Detox the B.S. Summit?

The last few months have been nothing short of glorious. I attended TSP Live this month in Atlanta and came back ready to get back to the grinding attitude I had years ago. I was blessed to attend and not worry about paying for the entire trip. Then last week I won a ticket to […]

Advocating for Black Mental Health

This is a collection of tweets from the #thrivefiercelychat on Sunday, April 2, 2017. The host is Ms. Imani Pope.  It was a combination of therapists and advocates in addition to others who suffer from a mental illness sharing what they know, been through and ways to help others. As someone who advocates for black […]

Mental Detox Matters For Black Teachers

It’s around 12:30a and I know I should be sleep yet I’m up thinking about mental detox. Maybe because I’m speaking at the Texas Alliance for Black School Educators Conference about this topic. Or maybe being a former black educator in public school and reading way too many articles has forced my hand to write […]

Mental Health And the Black Community #EbonyChat

Mental health black community relationship is often a horrible, tragic story. Yet it’s the one relationship that once fixed, can heal generations. Yesterday, I caught the second half of a mental health awareness chat. I think this is a great way to end National Minority Mental Health Awareness month. Break the stigma and share the resources. We […]

Drowning in Depression

Have you ever felt so much pressure it felt like weights were sitting on your chest as you try to breathe? That’s how depression felt to me. Like I was sinking underwater and couldn’t swim back to the surface. Or the walls were closing in on me. I lived this way for years in silence. […]

Put On Your Oxygen Mask

If you’ve ever been on a plane you know the flight attendant says to put on your oxygen mask before you help someone else. Well think about that the next time you feel overwhelmed, frustrated or stressed. While these feelings aren’t a mental illness, if left unattended they can progress into depression. At least that […]

I Suffered From Somatization and Never Knew

Somatization is the conversion of a mental state (as depression or anxiety) into physical symptoms:  the existence of physical symptoms in the absence of a known medical condition. Why am I giving you a definition to a term you’ve never heard before? This is something else I experienced when I suffered from depression. I was […]

Poor, Poor, Sisterella

We all know the story of Cinderella. How she was made to serve her stepmother and stepsisters. And never had time or nice things for herself. So how does this apply to depression in black women? Sisterella is a term in the book, “Shifting:  The Double Lives of Black Women and Depression” by Charisse Jones […]

Emotionally Molesting Your Success

Are you forcing yourself to feel inadequate by comparing your level of success to people in your circle? What Instagram account has you thinking you’re inadequate in your business? What Facebook page makes it seem you’re not doing enough in your business? This month is Mental Health Awareness month. And one aspect of life most […]