If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched
into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.
- Audre Lorde
Shame, silence, and stigma can encourage us to blindly follow other's expectations for our lives. But when we challenge mentally distressing expectations and speak openly about our concerns, we empower not only ourselves, but those around us.
Sharing your story is just one of many ways to dismantle mental health stigma.
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There is no greater agony than
bearing an untold story inside of you.
~ Maya Angelou ~
In the Fall semester of 2012, Ashley Nash and Amber Mondane created a video for a class project. A candid and revealing confession of their attempts at suicide, the video was later posted on YouTube and sparked a powerful conversation amongst viewers who were moved by their story. Forever changed by their video’s response, Ashley and Amber now travel the country sharing their story and providing advice on how to overcome traumatic experiences by committing to a life with purpose. They are featured on the Valenrich Wellness Speakers Bureau.
This video is about honoring and celebrating the wonderful legacy of the founder of For Brown Girls, Karyn Washington who commited suicide in 2014.
Directed by award winning Independent Filmmaker / documentarian Stacey Muhammad, a native of New Orleans, LA, this film explores depression and the overall feeling of sadness that plagues many black women in this society of all ages, social and economic backgrounds.
A short clip from CNN’s Black in America. This episode focuses on the experiences of Black women with depression.