July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. The Burton Wire has brought you information, resources and personal stories of African-Americans who have chosen to publicly share their struggles with anxiety, depression, stress and bi-polar disorder. Choosing to share these stories is a brave act considering the social stigma attached to mental illness in the world community, let along black and brown communities. In an effort to eradicate the stigma of mental illness and encourage people of African descent to prioritize their mental health and eliminate the shame surrounding these issues, The Burton Wire is bringing you one more story on the last day of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
Hopefully, our readers will continue to educate, encourage and help eliminate the stigma around mental health issues, especially as it relates to communities of color, throughout the year.
Meet Kim, a woman who grew up with a mother who suffered from multiple mental health disorders. Kim started an organization called Playcations.org which uses the art of “play” to help people cope with stress, anxiety and other mental health disorders. Hear Kim’s story in her words in the video below:
Learn more about Playcations at Playcations.org.
This post was written by Nsenga K. Burton, founder & editor-in-chief of the award-winning news blog The Burton Wire. Follow her on Twitter @Ntellectual.