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Low Cost Mental Health Services

In light of recent events and the current state of the world from COVID-19 to Black Lives Matter rallies, prioritizing mental health has become a very important topic for many, especially for communities of color. Therapy in African-American and communities of color are often seen as taboo, due to lack resources, funding, and discrimination in the health care system. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, about 30% of African-Americans with mental illness were treated compared to the national average of 43% of Americans. As an organization, Black Girl Health strives to be your number one resource for your physical and mental health. As a result of our current climate organizations are offering low cost and or free mental health resources for communities of...

The Affects of Depression in Women

The importance of this week’s mental health topic is acknowledging the different types of depression and how it can affect women differently. Depression is a commonly associated mood disorder. Relatively, women have higher rates of depression than men, and this could result in three main factors that include biological, hormonal, and social. There has been an influx of research on medications and medical conditions that could contribute to depression. Many people associate the feeling of depression as constantly being sad, but that’s only a small portion. Other symptoms could be physical, emotional, and mental issues. Some of the most common physical symptoms are aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems. As women, we go through different changes and phases throughout our lives, which can...

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Tyra Gardner: An Influential Psychotherapist & CEO, that’s Improving the Lives of Others One Client at a Time

Every Wednesday, the BGH community is proud to announce a new partner we can spotlight every week, and this week we are taking time to celebrate our newest partner Tyra S. Gardner. Gardner is an influential Psychotherapist and CEO of her clinic called At A Moments Notice, LLC. She provides a multitude of services that include clinical-based practices, where she delivers cognitive behavioral therapy. The evidence-based treatments at her facility coincide with the best therapies for adults. These practices help with adjustment problems like anger management, anxiety, stress, depression, and relationship issues. Gardner also provides business coaching for individuals who want to create and build their businesses. Not only are therapy services provided at the center, but clients can sign-up for monthly subscriptions to receive...

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From Ballet Dancer to Teacher: Sheona Little Educates her Community on their African Roots

A woman once said a powerful statement, “Please remember that you were Africans before you were anything”- Bose Ogulu. Bose is the mother of the Nigerian singer/songwriter Burna Boy. His mother accepted his award for Best International Act on his behalf at the BET awards in 2019. The previous statement identifies the cultural gap and misconception between Africans and African Americans. Specifically, Africans native to a country and culture they can proudly identify and represent their African heritage. In contrast, African Americans cannot identify where they come from because their ancestors were brought here because of African Diaspora; stripped them of their native language and culture. Everyone should appreciate their cultural ancestry, specifically in the African American community. By reducing the cultural divide, it will...

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From Financial Loss to a Monetary Boss, Ericka Neville is Proving that Women Can Do it All

Financial hardship is a commonality amongst many Americans. Even though the U.S. is notable for having a boosting economy and an abundance of job opportunities, we are still the number one country with the highest rate of homeless individuals, families seeking monetary support, and people living in poverty. Many Americans face harsh realities when it comes to economic loss and burdens. Unfortunately, it is more present in the African American community. Financial literacy is not a language or a lifestyle that is taught too many, especially in our community. Today, one woman teaches us that with planning and having a solid foundation, anyone can overcome financial barriers. This week’s partner spotlight, we focus on Erika Neville, a Licensed Financial Coach & Advisor. Ericka is an award-winning...

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What is Mental Illness and how do you know you have it?

Hello Sugarfoot! I see your back again to continue our path to breaking down a BLOCKAGE in our Community! We have slowly started to come out of our World Wide Timeout, but we are still in the midst of it all. Last week we discussed the factors of mental health, now we discuss mental illness and how that is different from mental health. As always, I hope, that by giving you knowledge about the different aspects of Mental health, it will be less heavy on your minds moving forward. So, let’s go! Mental Illness? Mental illnesses are conditions that affect a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, or behavior, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. Such conditions may be occasional or long-lasting (chronic) and affect someone’s ability...

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From Holistic Educator to Businesswoman: Ava is Giving Us All the Remedies When it Comes to Natural Healing

Every Wednesday, we acknowledge an upstanding and phenomenal remodel in our BGH partnership community, and this week it is no different. The partner spotlight for this week’s article, we focus on Ava Adames, who is a wellness coach, holistic educator, and businesswoman. Ava became a certified health and wellness professional. Ava has been in the industry for twenty years. Her journey started as an undergraduate student majoring in business administration, but her love for fitness and holistic healing conquered all. Ava earned her master’s in Exercise Science with a Corporate Wellness concentration at the California University of Pennsylvania. Ava soon learned that she wanted to work holistically with the community, providing alternatives to traditional medicine for people to support themselves in a natural way of...

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What factors into Healthy (and poor) Mental Health?

Hello Sugarfoot! I see your back to continue our path to breaking down a BLOCKAGE in our Community! Last week during the World Wide Timeout, I discussed the brief introduction to mental health. We understand that we need to take a step back and make changes to be the better person we are meant to be. But what are we looking for exactly?  This leads us to our next topic of discussion of this mental health series, THE FACTORS! As always, I hope, that by giving you knowledge about the different aspects of Mental health, it will be less heavy on your minds moving forward. So, let’s go! What are factors to achieving a good quality of Mental Health? As we previously discussed, "Mental Health" includes our...

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From Philanthropy to Launching A Counseling Consulting Service, La’ Tesha Sampson is Setting the Bar For Women in Business

Every Wednesday, we acknowledge another role model in our BGH community, for our partner spotlight article. Today we focus on La'Tesha Sampson, an inspiring black woman whose journey allowed her to venture into different career paths and allowed her to wear multiple hats. La’tesha is a philanthropist, businesswoman, educator, author, counselor, and outreach specialist for multiple organizations that improve the quality of life for others. She brings awareness to global issues such as human trafficking, domestic violence, and racial disparities in the healthcare field, not only in the country she resides in but globally. As a philanthropist, she worked with a host of nations through the Rz the Flags, an outreach organization where she provided partnership, sponsorship, and leadership in numerous nonprofit initiatives globally. La’Tesha...

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What is Mental Health: The foundation to the biggest BLOCK in the Black community!

Hello Sugarfoot! A young, new member to the BGH family hoping to break down a BLOCKAGE in our Community! As we have had time to ourselves this summer (World Wide Timeout I like to say), we can reflect that we all have to make changes to move forward, in all aspects of our lives. We have all been tested, and witnessed massive mental stresses that can sometimes feel overwhelming. I hope, by giving you knowledge about the different aspects of Mental health, it will be less heavy on your minds. So, let’s go!   What is Mental Health?   The first step to breaking up the overwhelming force that is Mental Health, is to understand what it is. Understanding the situation tells you what is friendly and what is...

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