The power of solid mental health — and the truth of the adage "health is wealth" — cannot be overstated. If 2020 taught us nothing else, it taught us to prioritize our mental health above everything else. As the old saying goes, you cannot pour from an empty cup — and the sooner you get a handle on your mental health, the happier you'll be.
When self-help books aren't enough, these eight Black voices in mental health are a must-follow on your mental health journey.
1. Dr. Jessica Clemons
This NYC-based psychotherapist is the founder of the BeWell community, which is meant to spark a conversation around the taboos of mental health awareness.
2. Shanti Hollis
This Florida-based mental health counselor specializes in helping people cope with life changes, depression, and anxiety. Tele-therapy is also available.
3. Black Girl in Om
The Black Girl in Om is a space that specialized in "creating space for black women to breathe easy."
4. Shelah Marie
Shelah Marie is the founder of the Curvy Conscious Movement who makes meditation tapes available, as well. Based in Miami, Shelah Marie is also the author of " A Positive You."
5. Dr. Joy Harden Bradford
Dr. Joy — as she's known to her happy clients — provides a free mental health resource called Therapy for Black Girls for her Black woman clientele. It's well worth taking advantage of!
6. Jardin Dogan
Jardin Dogan is a Black therapist who helps Black men and women on building self-knowledge, learning resistance strategies, and embracing growth & healing.
7. Eliza Boquin, MA, LMFT
She's the co-founder of Melanin and Mental Health with a specialty in psychotherapy. She's also a sex therapist and an energy healer who also has her own podcast about sex, chakras, and energies.
8. Dr. Ebony
Dr. Ebony is a food relationship specialist that helps her clientele recalibrate their relationship with food. In addition to helping women heal from trauma, she also helps women disengage from "diet culture" and develop a healthy relationship with food.