When you first look at these pictures of Kris you may see a beautiful young Black woman. In speaking to Kris, you will sense she is sweet, intelligent and kind. What you won’t see are the scars that are healing, from several suicide attempts. (Yes there were several) Kris had been diagnosed with depression, sever panic attacks and anxiety. She has been admitted to what she refers to as a “Psych Prison.” Dealing with all of the things that life can throw at us is difficult. Dealing with all of these things while suffering in silence with mental illness can take a toll on even the strongest person. On August 11, 2011 there was another suicide attempt, however after this one Kris made a decision to fight and fight Read More
The photos first caught my attention, then the title of the article. The pictures were of a Black man, one from years ago and the other present day. The title: The homeless man who went to Harvard with John Roberts. I’ll admit seeing a Black face in a major news publication makes me stop my endless scrolling, but seeing this man went to Harvard, probably before I was born, was definitely worth a click and a few minutes of reading. I wasn’t prepared to discover the reason for his downfall. Not to give away the entire story (because I want you to read it too), but Alfred Postell was diagnosed with a mental illness. Even though Mr. Postell was VERY accomplished at the time of his first “break”, he still ended up homeless. Maybe it is the optimist in me, but I’d like to think if Mr. Postell and those around him at the time had more information on his illness and more resources available he may not be homeless.
I share this story and ask you to read it because any of us could be the next Alfred Postell or we may know him (or her). I hope this story will show how important it is to, at least, be aware of mental illnesses, and the importance of paying attention to our mental health, as well as our loved ones mental health. I want people to notice that Mr. Postell is not violent. This is important point out because the media tends to only cover stories about mental illness when violence is involved. Finally, I believe that this story will provide hope; hope to those suffering from any mental illness that you can get support, and people will want to help you. While Mr. Postell is homeless, the story describes how a local pastor took him in when his mother could no longer care for him. I know many of us have so much going on in our lives, however ,I ask that you take the time to read about mental illness and mental health whenever possible, encourage others to do the same, and TALK ABOUT IT. Together we can speak away the stigma that surrounds mental illness.
Click here to read the story written by Terrence McCoy for the Washington Post.
Black. Female. Bipolar Disorder. A story that is long overdue.
Nina-“I can’t even describe it…It was like his d**k just talked to me”
Josie-(with a dazed look) “What did it say?”
Nina-(whispering loudly) “Ninaaaa”
-The cab scene from Love Jones
The conversation between Nina and Josie in the cab is one of my favorite scenes from Love Jones. This conversation is the epitome of “girl talk”, in my opinion. Josie, who was my first hair crush, was played by Lisa Nicole Carson. She also starred in Ally McBeal and ER and also had roles in Jason’s Lyric, Eve’s Bayou, and Life. Sadly, Lisa would disappear from the spotlight.
A week or so ago a friend sent me a link to an Essence magazine article. It was a story about Lisa Nicole Carson aka Josie opening up about her mental illness. The article will appear in the July issue of Essence, just in time for Minority Mental Health Month.
Lisa opening up and speaking candidly about her mental illness and how it has affected her life is HUGE! Today we see more articles, more new stories, and more about mental illness in the mainstream media, but the sharing of her story is different. The sharing of her story is important. The sharing of this story is necessary.
Many of us have heard of and know a little bit about bipolar disorder. In the hit Fox series Empire, it was revealed that the oldest son, Andre, had bipolar. While it should have been praised that mental illness in the Black family was a part of the storyline, there were many debates about the accuracy of the symptoms displayed. The Essence magazine article doesn’t leave room for debate. It is Lisa telling Lisa’s story. Read More