Welcome to In My Mental Mind…
I see you have stumbled over to my little slice of the internet to come stare at the strange old black lady. It’s okay, I am cute. I am glad you are here. This blog is simply a place to give a realistic face to Black women and men who grapple with various forms of mental illness or people who are simply trying to find peace within a time of hardship that is weighing on their minds/spirits, as these things do tend to overlap. I am going to “put my business in the streets” to help save someone else. A lot of mental health resources I see online are very academic from the outside looking in. I wanted to create something with real life stories and points of view instead of just lists of symptoms and pharmaceuticals.
I want a safe space for people who are struggling with the huge spectrum of mental health diagnoses and the people close to them. This is also a selfish venture; I needed a place to feel like I was heard and to write and talk out some of the weirdness, hardship and even little victories that exist in my little bubble. I also need our community to be aware of the struggles and daily realities of those of us who have to trek through the maze of mental health care and how we relate to the world. We need to erase the stigmas attached and tackle this thing head on!
I specifically am diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I am going to link to some resources below with all the symptoms, but as I said earlier I will not be here to bombard you with technical terms and list of medicines. During the course of this blog I will piece by piece tell you my story and how the illness has affected my life. We will get to that and I am actually eager to share, because I just know this will resonate with at least one person who is going through something similar. I am also accepting submissions,this is a community! (see right column)
Sometimes my stories here will be comical, sometimes heart wrenching, but will always be straight up. I have made a commitment to myself (and to others) to live authentically going forward and this is just one piece of that. I am also a poet and a music lover so some posts may be poems or reactions to music as it relates to mental health. Please feel free to share this with your friends if you’d like, I am looking forward to sharing this journey with you all!