This week on BeREAL, Diana and Ednesha are joined by Brittany Byrd to celebrate Minority Mental Health Month and highlight Black mental health. Brittany Byrd is a #blackmentalhealthadvocate who encourages everyone to take the time to focus on their mental health and wellness while navigating their own personal journey.
The first half of the episode covers Brittany’s prior experience with the mental health profession. She recalls her first experiences with therapy from when she was nine to when she was in college. Brittany addresses many of the thoughts she had, and that many other Black people have as well, that deterred her from seeking therapy. She explains how these stigmas affected her life, as she believed she had to just “push through” her struggles.
The second half of the episode is spent discussing Black mental health practices in the present day. Brittany elaborates on her role as a Black mental health advocate and her experiences with virtual therapy due to the pandemic. Ednesha adds to the discussion by pointing out some of the differences she has noticed between in-person therapy and virtual sessions that were not as noticeable immediately after the pandemic hit. The episode concludes with a discussion of what self care looks like, and how it is not always a negative thing to spend time and energy on yourself.
Thank you for joining us this week on BeREAL. Be on the lookout for an all new episode next Tuesday. In the meantime, make sure to check out last week’s episode if you haven’t already.
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