Mental Health and Debt: A Call To Action

This blog post is part of the 3rd Annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Month blog tour. If you are feeling suicidal, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741.

I remember when the hip-hop song came out called “Mo Money Mo Problems”. In my mind, that didn’t seem right. Since I had plenty of problems and no money. Where I came from, poor was an economic reality, but admittedly, it was also a state of mind. To me, it made perfect sense why “being broke” was…depressing. In a 2010 review of 115 studies that spanned 33 countries across the developed and developing worlds, nearly 80 percent of the studies showed that poverty comes with higher rates of mental illness. Among people living in poverty, those studies also found, mental illnesses were more severe, lasted longer, and had worse outcomes.

Keeping those statistics in mind, when I first started to do research for my book “Success to Die For” as much as I tried to be unbiased, I knew it was better to acknowledge my very real biases and work through them to reveal the truth as it became clear to me. I went in assuming my fellow struggling small business owners would report higher rates of depression and possibly thoughts of suicide, but I was proven wrong. Though, my investigation is a far cry from an academic study it was enough to say with a humble confidence that mental health issues don’t discriminate. And with several high-profile suicide deaths getting media attention as of late, perhaps there’s some truth to that song. Perhaps there are several reasons why the super (financially) successful get depressed.

Because there are several studies pointing to either side of the “who has it the worst”, I’d rather be more productive and talk shared humanity and solutions. I think that the one thing both sides of the equation can potentially face is the proverbial fall from grace. The roller coaster of life that has ups and downs.

Whether poverty-stricken or wealthy, losing something of value to you hurts. If you live in a developing country and you find joy in being a farmer, but suddenly experience an accident that takes away your ability to make a living, of course, you’re going to be affected by it. Likewise, if you live in a wealthier country, walk into work one day and find that your entire board voted you out of the company you founded, your best friend is sleeping with your spouse, and they wiped your account clean and sailed off into the sunset…that’s enough to drive a person mad. (That second scenario may seem unrealistic, but I actually met a man who shared the 1st part of that story with me and met others who shared the other parts.) Or how about the middle class man in his 50s who gave one job all of his years of loyalty and dedication, let the job give him an identity and a purpose in life based off of that identity tied to said job only to be let go right after he took out that 2nd mortgage on his house for a family medical emergency. I learned through fellow mental health advocate, Mettie Spiess that 70% of the suicide deaths in 2016 were middle-aged men.

If I could rewrite the song title I’d say something along the lines of “Mo Debt Mo Problems”. In each of those scenarios, there is much more going on than the loss of money, but money has become, through collective agreement, one of the most essential social constructions in our societies. It is because of money, whether the loss of it or the fear of losing it, that mental health issues are triggered for some or become a stronghold to others who already have a history of mental health issues. The treatment time for clinical depression is said to be exacerbated by up to 18 months if you also have financial issues.

And I believe, as the founders of Global Women 4 Wellbeing often say, that we can do more good together. 

So while I think awareness and end the stigma campaigns are super necessary, I’d personally love to see collective policy change. I’d love to see more entrepreneurs and business leaders support one another through our mental health and debt issues so that we can create and provide more opportunities, jobs, and resources from a place a love and wholeness. I’d also love to see more developments in technology to help people with mental health issues and debt problems. (As a starting point, I’m glad to see a report on how FinTech can support people experiencing mental health problems.)

“The walk” to back up “the talk” not only prevents suicides but also sustains our mental health and financial recovery for the long-haul as we learn to build roller coaster resilience and maybe even shape our societies to cultivate things like equanimity and equity for the total wellness of all.

Do More Good Together with us! 

Love Yourself Love Your Business in collaboration with Butterfly Love, LLC will be participating in the Out of the Darkness Philadelphia Community Walk to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss. Join our team and walk with us, or donate to the cause!

 

Resources

NAMI Suicide Prevention Month Advocacy

Crisis Text Line — Text HOME to 741741

International Association for Suicide Prevention

Debtors Anonymous

 

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Until Next Time…Peace!

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Be The Change Series Interviews- Featuring: Karla Thut

The 2018 Be The Change Interview Series

Week 1 – Featuring: Karla Thut, Trauma Specialist and Immigrant Advocate

Here’s the direct link to the recording on YouTube: https://youtu.be/PNc4LFLItBM

About

Karla Thut was born and grew up in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She graduated from Goshen College with a BA in Social Work and Temple University with a Masters in Social Work. She has worked as a family therapist in the city of Philadelphia for 15 years primarily with co-victims of homicide and survivors of domestic violence and other violent crimes. During this time Karla trained at the Philadelphia Child and Family Training Center as a family therapist and at the Philadelphia Family and Children’s Play Therapy Training Center where she trained in Contextual and Structural Family therapy and play therapy. In addition to working as a therapist Karla teaches part time at Chestnut Hill College in the Masters in Counseling Psychology department in their trauma studies concentration and is on the board at La Puerta Abierta. La Puerta Abierta is a non-profit in Philadelphia that provides mental health services to immigrant youth and their families. Karla lives in Philadelphia with her husband and three children.

How You Can Help

Support La Puerta Abierta whose mission is “To improve access to quality, culturally and trauma-informed mental health support in the immigrant and refugee community through collaboration, training and service”.

Contact Karla to learn more about her private practice mental health care services, or healing trauma training services at: karlathut@gmail.com

Resources mentioned

The movie I was referencing was called Inside Out

 

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Until Next Time…Peace!

Oh! By the way, if you want to learn more about the blogger of this post feel free to check out my about page.

Sign up here for a free copy of The ABC Method to Managing Your Mental Health While Running a Business.

 

Let’s Talk About Minority Mental Health With Every Day #DayInTheLife Reflections

For the month of July, I wanted to raise awareness around National Minority Mental Health Awareness month. Last year, I did an interview with my resident mental health pro,  Dr. Angela Clack. Amongst other things we discussed, she told us about the origins of the awareness month. You can watch our interview here. And check out her new book on narratives from women of color talking about trauma and depression. 

Since I will be doing interviews all next month, I decided that I wanted to do a campaign just sharing my random thoughts about mental health throughout this month. I wanted to share a day in the life of someone with lived experience, aka a peer advocate. I wanted to raise awareness about some of the ways I’ve experienced mental health prevention, treatment, and ongoing maintenance as an African American woman. I invited other POCs in my social network to join me in creating awareness by sharing their stories, experiences, resources, etc. about mental health for this particular campaign.

Why do this? Because the more people talk about mental health in our communities, the more it becomes a commonplace topic. This is how we fight the stigma. And when stigma is obliterated, people don’t feel ashamed to seek help. If more people seek help and find that there isn’t equal access to care, we come together and create demand that needs to be supplied. Ya dig?

The reason this is so important is because there are many disparities in seeking and getting mental health treatment as a minority in the U.S..  Heck, even a quick Google search led me to organizations that are NOT founded by or led by the people this awareness month was made for, when of course they exist. I’ve made plenty of complaints about the lack of minorities having a seat at the table, but I won’t go there right now, (another topic for another day). So even our own voices and wisdom aren’t being centered, but rather tokenized to fit inside a paradigm. Which further proves we still have a ways to go with dismantling a broken healthcare system. But first, we need to create awareness. And many times that awareness starts at home within our own selves, conversations amongst each other, with our family members, with our friends, our co-workers, our spiritual community leaders and members and anyone else in our network who still doesn’t get it. There are too many people who still deny that mental health disorders are very real, and we cannot afford to keep sweeping them, and how they affect our lives either directly or indirectly, under the rug. It hurts us, it tears apart our families, it breaks down and disconnects our communities.

So to offset that, we share. We share our truths, we share our resources. We encourage one another to find strength, hope, and healing.

Below you’ll find a few captured moments from several awareness campaigns this month…

My Announcement Post

 

 

 

 

From Organizations

No More Martyrs hosted their annual Minority Mental Health Awareness Summit 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry Health launched their #reclaimourstrength campaign 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From My Network

H.M. (like myself) fully appreciates Mystic Soul Project and what their existence means to their mental health. #support 

 

 

 

 

Trudean talks about issues and raises donations every year to support her local community check our her current fundraiser.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karen shares about two of my loves, mental health and the arts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vannessa shares about mental health in the media.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Moi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Until Next Time…Peace, Love, and Wellness!

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On Mental Health and Spirituality Featuring: Dr. Ruby Lathon

Here’s the direct link to the recording on YouTube: https://youtu.be/qwo22rM0kG8

Around 2:12 Dr. Ruby begins talking about the connection between mind, body, and spirit.

Around 4:07 We start talking about the spiritual properties of good. And the 2nd brain “gut”. Lynette references Sisters of the Yam by bell hooks.

Around 6:00 Dr. Ruby talks about the energy and vibrations of food. Dr. Ruby talks more about the gut as a 2nd brain and how about 70% of disease starts in the gut.

Around 7:45 Dr. Ruby begins our dialogue about the spiritual aspect of food being where the food comes from, and how it is treated up until the point of which we consume it.

Around 7:56 Dr. Ruby begins to explain why she has chosen a plant-based diet.

Around 9:48 After comparing the differences in how we feel after eating certain foods, Dr. Ruby explains how taking in food with low vibrations affects you spiritually just as much physically and mentally.

Around 10:15 Dr. Ruby talks about the often forgotten meaning behind phrases such as “I put love into the food”.

Around 12:30 We talk about how spirituality shows up in daily life, including a business aspect even though we want to keep it boxed in and separate.

Around 14:35 Dr. Ruby begins talks about the gut and depression, and other connections to nutrition and mental health issues.

Around 18:40 Dr. Ruby talks more about how food affects our mood, mental acuity, how fast or slow we think.

Around 19:48 Dr. Ruby says “The healthier the food, the healthier the brain.” And talks about how we can improve mood with food.

Around 23:11 After bringing up the 90’s movie Soul Food we talk about the spiritual and mental healing practice of cooking food with love, and nurturing relationships with coming together and eating together.

Around 25:52 Dr. Ruby talks about keeping these healing traditions of family gatherings but also making it all around healthy by adjusting the menu items.

Around 30:25 Dr. Ruby talks about food as a form of resistance because we have control over what we’re putting in it.

Around 31:47 Dr. Ruby shares how you can reach out and connect with her online. She mentions her Going Vegan online program for those interested in changing their lifestyle.

About Dr. Ruby:

Dr. Ruby Lathon is a certified holistic nutritionist and inspires with a powerful story of recovering from thyroid cancer through alternative treatment focused on a whole food, plant-based diet. Dr. Lathon worked as a researcher and an award-winning engineer, and now teaches others how to re-engineer their health and live disease free.

Dr. Lathon, a graduate of the University of Alabama, served as Nutrition Policy Manager at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, where she developed and led a national grassroots campaign to advocate legislation for more healthful, plant-based meal options in the National School Lunch Program.

Dr. Lathon is host of The Veggie Chest with Dr. Ruby, an online, plant- based cooking show and is featured in the hit documentary, What the Health and will be featured in two upcoming documentaries. Dr. Lathon is an inspirational and sought-after speaker on motivation, natural health, healing, and plant-based nutrition. Through her organization, Roadmap to Holistic Health, Dr. Lathon hosts holistic health conferences, workshops and healthy cooking classes and provides customized nutritional consultations and coaching programs.

Learn more about Dr. Lathon at: www.RubyLathon.com
Contact her: Info@RubyLathon.com
Like her at: www.Facebook.com/TheRubyLathon
Instagram: http://instagram.com/rubylathon

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Until Next Time…Peace, Love, and Wellness!

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On Mental Health and Spirituality Featuring: Tai Goodwin

Here’s the direct link to the recording on YouTube: https://youtu.be/fBjZ2nXddqw

Around :50 I share my history with Tai and how I came to know of her.

Around 1:52 Tai introduces who she is and who she works with as a life and business growth strategist.

Around 4:20 Tai talks about her history with traditional black Baptist churches and how she felt something wasn’t quite fitting right. She started questioning things about her faith and spirituality and stopped feeling ashamed about having those questions and began exploring spirituality outside of the black Christian experience.

Around 5:50 Tai talks about uprisings and outrage as symptoms and hunger for real spiritual connection. She addresses the difference between following rules and actually practicing your spirituality to deepen your relationship.

Around 7:20 Talk talks about the fall out with youth and church.

Around 8:14 Tai talks about how mental health hasn’t been adequately addressed or talked about in the church.

Around 11:20 Tai began talking about various relationships people can experience in churches when it comes to dealing with mental health and how there’s an opportunity for churches to educate their community. She talks about how leaders could step up in this area of educating.

Around 14:50 We reference the Black Panther movie and the concept of a council of Elders.

Around 17:23 I ask Tai if there is such a thing as “spiritual appropriation” and she shares her views on this controversial topic.

Around 19:00 Tai talks about how business people and churches capitalize religion.

Around 23:40 Tai talks about spiritually being a journey and an opportunity to address issues such as trauma. She ask talks about how spirituality connects all humanity.

Around 27:00 Tai addresses how to talk about mental health in spiritual communities.

Around 30:40 Tai shares how you can connect with other trailblazers in creating community, and transforming lives. She also shares her new “spin-off” site, Black Girl Mystic for black women who want to expand beyond the black Christian perspective.

About Tai:

As a life and business coach for entrepreneurs in the transformation biz, Tai specializes in helping her clients create profitable business models and revenue streams so they can avoid burning out and actually enjoy being their own boss.

Before stepping into the world of entrepreneurship, Tai racked up over 20 years of experience in learning and development including time at two Fortune500 companies. She has a B.S and M.S. in education, and she keeps a copy of the six-figure offer letter from Canon that she turned down because she wanted to start her own business. She started my business in 2007 while working full-time and officially stepped away from the paycheck in August of 2012. In January 2013 Tai was named to the Small Business Influencer’s Top 100 List. She hosted a podcast (6,000 monthly downloads) wrote a book, and has spoken on stages across the country.

In 2015, Tai decided to join Leadpages (an award wining local start-up). There she designed the training program for their technical support team in how to use their platform and the fundamentals of online marketing. In 2017, she decided to relaunch my business; helping women of all shades and from all neighborhoods build bankable businesses around their message. Learn more about Tai at http://taigoodwin.com

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Until Next Time…Peace, Love, and Wellness!

Oh! By the way, if you want to learn more about the blogger of this post feel free to check out my about page.

Grab a FREE copy of my Manifesto “Because Love Is” no email sign up required