“I think I want to try the medication,” were probably the most difficult yet healing words I have ever spoken. After 10 years of trying to heal the hard way, trying to heal the secret way, trying to heal the way society had told me to, I decided to try healing the way a professional had suggested and had suggested for quite a while. But there was something about medication that made me feel like I was failure, and that I was broken, and that I was “crazy”.
The word “crazy” relegates people to a world of semi-human.
April 2015, I began the journey of taking one 10mg Lexapro every morning with my best-friends there to remind me that everything would be okay. After two weeks, my insomnia was gone. Well it was more like the opposite, I was sleeping like a bear in hibernation. After the fourth week, I could go grocery shopping on my own, something I have avoided while living in New York City for 3 years. After a month and a half, I knew what content felt like, and it didn’t come with willing myself out of bed everything morning, and it wasn’t accompanied with a panic attack.
Medication helped me get my mind and emotions together, and even though I am no longer taking Lexapro, I feel like a brand new woman.
It’s officially July, and this month is beyond special to me here at Certified 10.
July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and we are celebrating all month long by creating awareness anywhere and anyway we can. 1 in 5 American adults and 1 in 10 American children will experience a mental illness this year. Roughly 77% of this adult population are Latin Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, and American Indians/Alaska Native Americans.
This month, join NAMI, OMH, Certified 10, and numerous other mental health awareness organizations in putting an end to this stigma, and encouraging this important conversation.
With that being said, Certified 10 has finally launched its first campaign: Certified Words. The CERTIFIED WORDS campaign aims to show society how women absorb negative words spoken upon us, how these words manifest themselves within our everyday lives, and how we’re working to reverse the harmful impact of these words. Every day, our belief system evolves as we reject and accept new truths about ourselves. It’s easy for a negative experience to become a constant reminder and a new permanent fixture of our self-view, yet it’s extremely taxing to undo the harmful impact of a self-deprecating belief. It’s a simple fact: words do indeed become things. It’s time society understands and witnesses this.
The first word we are tackling is the term “crazy” because our mental illnesses do not equate to “crazy”, they’re proof that we are human, and ought to be treated as such.
We’ve outlined a few ways for you guys to get involved!
- ALL Month Long – We’ll be sharing stories from women all over the world who are speaking up about their mental illnesses, and speaking out against the stigma!
- July 5 and 6 – Join us in fighting the stigma surrounding mental health illness and the usage of the word “crazy” to label those who are battling a mental health illness by tweeting, facebooking, or instagramming your insecurities, your flaws, or your battle with your mental health followed by the hashtag #notcrazybuthuman.
- July 6 – We will launch the first season of our Certified Word’s mini web-series. There will be 5 episodes with 5 brave, beautiful women sharing their battle with / survival of their mental health illnesses. Be sure to check out the two trailers below, and join us Wednesday for episode one.
- July 25 – Certified 10 wear will be available to help with encouraging the conversation centered around mental health and to hopefully help our 10s feel amazing in the skin that they are in! Head on over to the shop later on this month and pre-order your shirts and mugs! We have a special collection for Minority Mental Health Awareness month so be sure to secure your goodies while they last!
- July 28 – We’ll be wrapping up the month with a #NotCrazyButHuman celebratory twitter chat with a few guest tweeters! 9PM EST! Don’t miss out!
Other ways to join in on Minority Mental Heath Awareness month?
- Use #StigmaFree and #MinorityMentalHealth to share your stories and articles to bring awareness to the cause.
- Learn more about how Minority Mental Health Awareness month and the courageous woman, Bebe Moore Campbell, who started this movement.
- Take the pledge at NAMI, and promote the mission to become Stigma Free!
Stigma is one of the main reasons why people with mental-health problems don’t seek treatment or take their medication. People of color, particularly African-Americans, feel the stigma more keenly.
For those of you who are afraid to speaking up, do not suffer in silence. You’re not alone, and help is always available! Should you ever feel alone, feel free to email us, and we’ll show you just how not alone and worthy you are.
For those of you fighting and surviving, we applaud you and are continuously routing for you. You’ve got this, you beautiful, strong, being, you!
As always, thank you guys for the continuous support! Certified 10 is growing and expanding, and we are more than grateful to serve such a loving and fierce tribe such as yourselves. We’ll speak soon!
With much love,