In 2010, I attempted suicide and was diagnosed with manic-depressive (bipolar) disorder. I had been suffering silently for years before getting to this point because I did not consider my circumstances as grounds for mental health issues. Stigma, judgment and cultural differences between myself and medical providers also prevented me from seeking treatment.
I feared doctors wouldn't understand me, and that I would be labeled "crazy" by family and members of the Black community. I began my self-love journey on my own, but I intend to finish it together with others like me.
My story is only one of 7 million Black and African Americans who suffer in silence everyday, and many of us don't have the resources to get the help we need. You can help us Heal Together by participating in the annual Spread Love Run raising awareness and funds to carry out our mission to eliminate mental health stigmas, negligence and judgment. You can Spread Love with a monetary or in-kind donation.
Thank you for your support.
Professional Model, Actress, Singer-Songwriter and Founder of The Spread Love Project.
Although it couldn't be further from the truth, my friends call me "shy."
- Sat, Oct 30River Legacy Park - Legacy Pavillion
Choose your words carefully. The way we speak can affect the attitudes of others.
Support people. Treat everyone with dignity and respect; offer support and encouragement.
Go out of your way to help someone have a brighter day.
Join the Act of Love Challenge by uploading media of yourself spreading love in the community. Post to TikTok or IG using #aolchallenge in your caption.
Talk Openly About Mental Health.