Regardless if it were curiosity, a new coping outlet or simply support that brought you here… welcome! My name is Brittany Kellman and this is my story to share with you all. I thank you in advice for already listening.
For the past four years, I have struggled on and off with anxiety and depression. During this time, I was attending The Pennsylvania State University, working towards my Bachelors of Science in Bio Behavioral Health, and my minor in Human Development Family Studies. As a black woman, there were never openly discussed resources, as well as coping strategies in reach for me. In my first two years at Penn State, I self coped, prayed, and at my lowest times thought I was going to die. Needless to say with the help and support of my family and loved ones, I learned I was not…
In black communities, we as women are culturally molded to pray it out, or shut it out. We don’t “talk” about mental illness, and if we do society labels us as crazy. The idea of going to see a therapist or psychiatrist has an automatic negative connotation behind it. This should no longer be the case in 2017. The concept behind MindMyMelanin is simple. Please MIND my melanin. Black mental health is important, and unfortunately goes unnoticed in and out of our communities. This is especially the case for women. Having anxiety and depressive disorder does not make me weak or vulnerable as a woman of color. What it does make me if anything is stronger, more knowledgeable, and an advocate for my fellow women of all generations.
Every day is a different struggle, but a new opportunity to manage it. Once again I welcome you to MindMyMelanin, and I hope you all help me water this freshly planted seed, ad watch it grow!