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 Continue reading “@KrisNichole Celebrates Her Life Anniversary!”
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 illness, and the importance of paying attention to our mental health, as well as our loved ones. Continue reading The story of Alfred Postell
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. Continue reading “Black. Female. Bipolar Disorder.”
In May 2008 July was proclaimed “Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month”. Bebe Moore Campbell was an accomplished author and activist. This month is dedicated to increasing public awareness of mental illness and mental illness in minority communities. Continue reading Minority Mental Health Awareness Month