The “Strong Black Man” narrative acknowledges our natural ability to endure and be resilient despite the struggles we face. The downside is that we often wear titles at the expense of our mental health. A lot of us live daily by "getting through this.” Doing things the “hard way” has become a way of life. Why? Why has fragility and trauma become normalized?
Our ability to “grin & bear it,” or “suck it up” can become a barrier to our mental wellness. This is often especially true for Black Men, who are often taught to rough it through the storm. The mental wellness of Black men is very often neglected. It is okay to drop the cape to tend to our own heart and mind, our own mental well-being.
The moral of the story is self-care, mental wellness, and building emotional intelligence is critical to balancing everyday life. It is time to rewrite the narrative and love yourself!!! It is not vanity. It is not weakness. It is essential to your overall sanity.
I’ve worked over 25 years as an Advocate. A component of advocacy work has been to encourage and motivate individuals to honor their strengths, which are often blocked by self-limiting mindsets, blocking their potential. It is my goal to connect with you and strategize ways for you to honor your authentic self.
You have the ability to heal and live well! Let’s talk about it!! Let’s work together to enhance your self-care routine and boost your awareness of your own mental health.
Specialized work with:
• Crisis/First Responders
• Persons with Disabilities
• Survivors of Crimes