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Racism in psychology is a serious problem. Mental health workers need more training.

Did you know more 80% of of mental health providers are not trained in treating race-based trauma? Source: https://projects.apnews.com/features/2023/from-birth-to-death/mental-health-black-children-investigation.html#:~:text=Most%20mental%20health%20care%20providers,%2C%20said%20Kniffley%2C%20the%20psychologist.

My name is Jasmin Pierre. I’m a mental health advocate, peer support specialist, and the creator of The Safe Place, a culturally aware mental health app for the Black community.

When I was a little girl, I really needed mental health resources. Trigger Warning: I was molested by my brother and stepsister. I also experienced other family issues with my mom and stepmom (they could both be verbally abusive and manipulative at times). However, it was the molestion from my siblings that impacted my mental health the most.

I have depression, anxiety ptsd, and a physical disorder called Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD for short). I’ve also experienced severe suicidal ideation due to PMDD and the trauma of being molested by my family.

However, I kept most of this inside until adulthood. A culturally aware therapist helped me put things into perspective. I started being honest with myself and cut off toxic family members for the sake of my mental health.

When I was a little girl in the 90s, talking about mental health was very taboo. Especially in my community. Many Black people have been made to believe that we don’t go through mental illness or need therapy services.

Growing up, I wasn’t sure why we felt that way in my community; I just knew that we did. We have been taught to be strong, pray, and read our Bible to get over things.

Now, as an adult, I know this way of thinking in my community comes from systemic racism. Psychology has a deep history of racism towards Black people dating all the way back to slavery.

For example, the mental illness called Drapetomania was created by an American physician by the name of Samuel A. Cartwright. What is Drapetomania? If a Black person ran away, they would be considered mentally ill and captured back into slavery.

While Drapetomania is no longer considered a mental illness, Black people with mental health disorders are still severely over policed in the mental healthcare system. Black people in a mental health crisis have a higher chance of being overly retrained by law enforcement …or even murdered.

When I ask many of my mental health colleagues, “Have you ever heard of drapetomania?” Many tell me “No. ” This is not surprising. Racism in psychology is not required in the healthcare field.

I’m working to change that. My app recently launched a mental health training called “Art Exposing Psych Racism.”

Through facts, canvas art that I created, and storytelling, healthcare workers can learn more about racial disparities during slavery, the Civil rights era, etc. And how all of it still impacts Black people trying to navigate the mental healthcare system in modern-day society.

I created this training because racism in psychology is still a serious problem. Also, only 4% of mental healthcare providers are Black. We need more cultural competency.

Here is a short instagram video that tells more about the training and how healthcare providers can take it.

https://www.instagram.com/reel/Cz55s2DuRWe/?igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

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Hello There! (I'm new 2.0)

I'm a 32 year old married woman and I have two cats. I have many health conditions that overlap symptoms that range from quirky to debilitating. #AutismSpectrumDisorder #AuditoryProcessingDisorder #MajorDepressiveDisorder #ADHD #Hypothyroidism #PremenstrualDysphoricDisorder #PTSD #Abuse #Miscarriage #Grief #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #SuicidalIdeation #SuicidalThoughts #SuicideAttemptSurvivors #GeneralizedAnxietyDisorder
I believe in functional medicine and treat my conditions/symptoms with a combination of herbal teas, natural supplements, prescription medications, spiritual and mental health practices. I'm currently seeking an EDS diagnosis and having trouble finding resources. I want to avoid Florida if I can, but so far it seems like my only option 😑 I'm so happy to talk with people who know what it's like to survive many things and still try to live.

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I'm new here!

Hi, my name is Emma. I'm here because I've found myself at a point where I'm lacking peers and community. I want to move towards more stability and wellness within myself and in my life and that feels like such a huge mountain to climb on my own. Growth is important to me and I've realised I need people to grow with. Lately I've felt like mental health symptoms have taken over to the point where it's all I can do to keep my head above water every day. I'm hoping to find resources, learning, connections, and skills that will help me to go from just coping to thriving and actually enjoying life again. And I feel like it would be really rewarding to be supporting others in their journeys as well!

#Peersupport #ADHD #MentalHealth #CheerMeOn #Diabetes #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #DBT #CBT #Therapy #ComplexPosttraumaticStressDisorder #CPTSD #Recovery #MightyTogether #EatingDisorders #PMDD #PremenstrualDysphoricDisorder #Relationships #Trauma #Anxiety #Depression #Neurodiversity #Autism #MentalHealthAwareness #Disability

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hellooo

hii i'm sleebyreeby! i'm a neurodivergent 25 year old with a variety of chronic health symptoms that are largely undiagnosed. seems like they're always evolving, really hard to pin down or get a doctor to pay any attention to. feeling particiularly lonely about it all today, i decided to download this app.

i'm interested in talking to folks with similar symptoms, as well as just being able to talk openly about how i'm feeling without thinking i'm annoying or disgusting anyone 😅

#MightyTogether #HidradenitisSuppurativa #IrritableBowelSyndromeIBS #ADHD #Autism #PMDD #PremenstrualDysphoricDisorder

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We Are Suicide Prevention #PMDD #MentalHealth #SuicidePrevention #TheMighty

Someone said to me recently,
'You don't find Suicide Prevention, It Finds You.
Those words sent shivers through me, like I'd never expected.

It couldn't be a truer statement.

It was something, that as a young child, my family would never have thought they would need to equip themselves with; preventing my suicide. As an adult my husband needs to furnish himself with knowledge on how to prevent my suicide.

People don't know how to talk to you afterwards, they look at you differently, treat you differently. They want to acknowledge what you have done, without actually acknowledging it.
A fractured mind, a broken soul.

There's a stigma attached to suicide within society.
There's a stigma attached to hormones, mental health and menstrual health with society.
Thankfully its felt by the few and not the many.

Suicide Prevention is us sharing our stories, reaching others, creating those lightbulb moments & just listening & carrying the weight as a community when the burden of living becomes too heavy in this the cyclical life of PMDD, not just for us as #PMDDPEEPS , but for our partners, our loved ones, our children, our friends, family too, because they feel the weight of our condition as us also.

We Are Suicide Prevention.

#SuicidePrevention #PreventingPMDDsuicide #PMDD #PremenstrualDysphoricDisorder #MentalHealth #TheMighty #SuicideAwareness #Suicide #Depression #PmddAwareness #Hormones

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