Updated: Sep 4, 2020
Learn what mental health means to us, how we stay mentally healthy, and how community relates to health and wellness.
“Give yourself the same care & attention that you give to others and watch yourself bloom.”
Mental health is just as integral as your physical health, and is essential to your overall well-being. Oftentimes, we get into survival mode and wind up not making our mental health a priority. We believe collective healing plays a positive role in mental health. Healing isn't easy and it looks different for everyone.
Below are videos of Co-Founders Alyssa and Toni Junious sharing what mental health means to them.
BIPOC Mental Health
July is Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) mental health awareness month. BIPOC experience unique challenges in mental health due to systemic racism, structural violence, and intergenerational trauma. The effect of these oppressive and discriminatory systems has led to inequities in access to inclusive and culturally-relevant care and social stigmas around seeking care.
Taking care of our mental health is essential for self- and community-preservation. Through soulcare and collective healing, our ancestors have and we now continue to build RESILIENCY and RECLAIM our healing.
In order to care for ourselves in a holistic way, we have to invest in and nurture our self as well as our community. We've curated the list of resources below that are mostly for us and by us, in order to help BIPOC reflect, process and release.
Checkout these Mental Health Resources for the BIPOC Community:
DRK Beauty Healing: Free therapy for women of color
Therapy for Black Girls: Directory of Black women therapists & mental health podcasts
Real: Individual and group therapy sessions led by women therapists
On the Mend: Mental health healing courses for POC and LGBTQ+
Indigenous Circle of Wellness: Culturally inclusive and holistic counseling services
Talkspace: Virtual therapy app
The body a home for love: Restorative arts and wellness programming to heal from sexual trauma
HealHaus: Holistic wellness space with yoga and meditation workshops & community gatherings
Afro Yoga: Yoga, meditation, wellness workshops & podcasts
Black Girl in Om: Wellness community with meditation & wellness podcasts
Meditation & Self-care
Liberate: BIPOC meditation app
Shine: Black and women of color-owned self-care app
Insight Timer: Meditation app
In order to Live V I B R A N T & Shine B R I G H T, we must take charge of our mental wellness. Investing in your mental health & healing is self-care in action.
What does mental health mean to you? How do you stay mentally healthy?
Alyssa & Toni