Minding My Melanin

16230178_119194525264840_6358625788111093760_nRegardless 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! 

#MindMyMelanin 

16 Comments

  1. This is awesome, Brittany!!! I’m so glad that you are finding your calling! What we go through only makes us stronger! Sharing it often helps others who are going through the same and sometimes, it prevents others from having to go through. I’m so proud of you!

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  2. Lovely my niece…very impressed….reminds me of all the stress with one of the kids so I’m blown away…job well done keep it up the good work

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  3. Hey Brit.. what an awesome article, bringing awareness to some of the issues that plaque our community and cultures often times bringing pain and tragedy. Keep it up!!!

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  4. Great blog Brittany! I’ve been through it as well and it’s definitely important for us all to seek some type of help or at least talk to someone who can help us in those times when we feel helpless/hopeless. We first gotta recognize that it’s a serious battle but we also gotta know that its a battle that can be won!

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  5. Britt this is so powerful and corugeous. Not everyone has the ability to speak on their struggles but you did. There are so many students going though this or been through this who will read your blog and realize they are not alone. College isn’t easy but a simple pep talk and push to keep on going makes a big difference no matter who it comes from.

    Love you ♡♡

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      1. i literally was searching “black mental health” and things of that nature because it was hard finding someone in the african american community on here that has like problems! overcoming depression is truly a task & sometimes you need someone that understands, ya know?

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