(The Root) — Yesterday was the first day of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. For the second year in a row, people on Twitter kicked off the month by sharing stories of their own experiences with mental illness, marked with the tag #NoShameDay.
It has always been said that black people don’t go to therapy; they go to church. No Shame Day and the Siwe Project, both started by writer Bassey Ikpi, aim to eliminate that line of thinking by promoting mental-health awareness in the black community. The stigma of being mentally ill, needing help and seeking therapy often keeps people from doing so; the purpose of No Shame Day is to combat that stigma by freely sharing our stories.
The day produced some very inspiring stories and tweets. Check out a few of them below.
shaming someone w/depression b/c you think s/he isn’t “trusting God enough” is HARMFUL theology and keeps ppl from seeking help #noshameday
— she was a showgirl (@mslooola) July 1, 2013
— Nichole (@tnwhiskeywoman) July 1, 2013
— stacia l. brown (@slb79) July 1, 2013
Have a look at what real humanity looks like, when all cards are on the table, but there is NO SHAME anymore #NoShameDay
— Bella. (@bellaellaella) July 1, 2013
— The Siwe Project (@TheSiweProject) July 1, 2013
As someone who has lived with anxiety for 20 years now, I am enjoying #NoShameDay. It took me years to open up about my anxiety.