Blog Update

Hello everyone. I’m posting in the middle of the night because I cannot sleep. Police brutality needs to stop. Innocent black people are being killed every single day. It’s scary to think that every time a story like this comes out, A lot of people don’t see the harm in it. No matter what we do, we’re constantly being attacked and killed like we’re animals. We can’t even jog in our own neighborhood, shop at our local stores, or even live in the comfort of our own home without being attacked and murdered. We are constantly being micromanaged on how we handle things and try to get justice. We try to kneel down and peacefully protest for a few years and was constantly criticized. Nothing has changed since that has happened and we are really angry about it. Now we fight. For any protesters, people that are donating, and people that are advocating on social media I would like to say thank you. Thank you for not only standing up for what you believe in, thank you for standing up for what’s right. I made an audio updating the status of my blog and the mental health awareness post that I have left. I promise I will get my last few out in the next couple of days. I hope that you understand that this time is not easy for me. I’m still trying to heal from everything that’s been going on. Thank you for your patience and be safe. All lives can’t matter if black lives don’t. #thisiswhatdepressionlookslike

Mental Health Awareness interview with Semaj & Draya (Black Ink Chicago) Part 1

Hello guys! My brother interview Draya from Black ink Chicago using our mental health awareness questionnaire! He also answered the questions. I really enjoyed this. Here’s the first part. I’ll upload the rest once the website allows me to haha ❤️ #thisiswhatdepressionlookslike

Part One.

Mental Health Awareness Questions ( Destiny E.)

Instagram: @destiny_xs

1. How old were you when you realized mental health was a thing?

I was in elementary school when I realized mental health was a thing. I grew up in foster care, so my mother made sure I saw a therapist to help us understand our situation a little better, and It kind of helped with other issues I had as a child. I didn’t think of it as something helpful until my father, sister, and uncle passed away and I didn’t know how to cope.

2. Did your parents have any mental issues from your knowledge? 

I’m uncertain if my foster or biological parents had mental issues diagnosed by a doctor. However, my foster mother did show very clear signs of depression.

3. If so, how was it growing up ?

My mother didn’t know how to handle her emotions so she would slip into a state of depression where she would either distract herself with work or stay in the room for days. My brother and I were oldest so we spent most of middle school and high school taking care of the other kids in the house. Cooking, cleaning, helping with homework, etc. It was confusing sometimes because one moment she would do everything for us and the next we were left to take care of everything on out own.

4. What hobbies do you practice to keep your mental in tact?

I rock climb, hike, plan international trips, personal research, read, try new things/ food, and when I feel like I’m overwhelmed I sleep or listen to music.

5. What does Mental Health Awareness mean to you?

Giving people the proper tools to help themselves or the people around them. Assuring people that Mental Health illnesses are very common and that we are working on coping mechanisms that cater to every type of person.

Mental Health Awareness Questions (Courtney H.)

Courtney 🥰
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1. How old were you when you realized mental health was a thing?

⁃ I was maybe a 13/14 when I realized mental health was a thing

2. Did your parents have any mental issues from your knowledge?

⁃ I strongly believe my Mother and Grandmother struggled with mental health

3. If so, how was it growing up ?

⁃ Growing up I witnessed mental weakness, depression , alcoholism, nervous breakdowns , mood swings etc. it wasn’t until I was an adult that it made sense of what I was witnessing

4. What hobbies do you practice to keep your mental in tact?

⁃ Some of the hobbies I practice to keep my mental health in tact are yoga , Self Care Time , coloring , journaling, hanging with loved ones , sitting at the beach, just to name a few .

5. What does mental health awareness mean to you?

⁃ Mental Health Awareness means a daily check in, being aware of your sanity and emotions. Knowing it’s okay to have emotions and don’t feel bad about feeling. It’s okay to take a step back and just be selfish.

Mental Health Awareness Questions ( Kim C.)

Instagram: @Loveinthesky
Twitter: @sweetestelaine
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1. How old were you when you realized mental health was a thing?

· In my childhood, I’ve witnessed certain things but didn’t know there was a term for it. Once I got into high school, I found myself in a very dark space. I had never really been so low and down and out until then. I remember not being sure how to explain myself and when I did, no one understood me. My family didn’t get it, my friends didn’t get it, and my teachers didn’t get it. Once, my aunt tried to have a talk with me because my mom was at her wits end and I can tell she was disappointed in me but at the time I sincerely didn’t know how else to explain the sadness, darkness, and anxiety I felt. When I realized that no one would ever understand, I made the decision to hold it to myself. Sadness was meant for bedtime which meant my nights were going to be long. Full of pain and crying.

· I took Introduction to Psychology as an elective when I transferred high school. It wasn’t until then that I realized that there was a term for what I had been feeling all along. Depression. Anxiety. By then it was too late for me to tell my parents. I didn’t trust anyone at this point. So I held onto my own thoughts, my own feelings, and I would still let the nights take over.

· When I was a sophomore in college, I began therapy. I had 1 teacher/counselor who I was able to talk to and it was solely because he saw the signs. He saw me struggling to keep it together. He called a meeting with me and reached out to a therapist he knew personally. I ended up doing sessions at least once a week and it helped me get better. It was difficult, but it was the best thing I could have ever done.

2. Did your parents have any mental issues from your knowledge?

· Yes! In fact, I found out that mental illness is in my family. I have close family members who were diagnosed with clinical depression, schizophrenia, OCD, and a few other illnesses. I’m very much aware that there are some mental health issues within in my family which is why I do my best to reach out and speak up when I feel myself spiraling downward or am simply mentally and emotionally overwhelmed. I even check up on them from time to time to make sure they’re doing ok.

3. If so, how was it growing up?

· When I was a child, I wasn’t aware that mental health was a thing. I didn’t know there was a name for it. When things were great, they were great. When they weren’t so great, then it just wasn’t great. I’ve had many of days/nights of crying and not understanding why and what was wrong. I’ve witnessed certain behaviors as a child that left me clueless at the time. Overall, my childhood was ok but when mental illness isn’t treated, those around you suffer with you. So if you’re a parent, friend, or partner, please seek the professional help to get better for those who truly love you and most importantly, for yourself.

4. What hobbies do you practice to keep your mental intact?

· I’m into so many different things but something that helps the most is reading. I read self-care book, fictional books, or story boards. Reading books or stories gives me access into another world. It temporarily takes me away from my reality. I listen to music that is uplifting, I write (poetry, stories…), play games, and recently I’ve been getting more into the fashion and cosmetology world. Learning a new skill keeps me on my toes. It’s safe and fun for me.

5. What does mental health awareness mean to you?

· Acknowledging that everyone is not ok and that is ok. Being conscious that someone’s “funny acting” behavior can potentially be a cry for help or a symptom of a mental illness. Be patient. Be kind. Be empathetic. Be sympathetic. If it were you, you’d want and need those things too.