Mental health is a taboo topic, particularly so in the African American community. We don’t talk about it.
It is the boogey man we shoo away and pretend doesn’t exist, because monsters don’t exist, right? But there are many men and women of all races and creeds dealing with chemical imbalances creating their own internal turmoils.
Most are unaware that the first week of October is Mental Health Awareness week.
A week dedicated to educating and offering transparency into the lives of those managing or avoiding their plights with anxiety, depression, and other disorders.
Putting herself at the forefront of the conversation is hip hop journalist and beam of light Lindsey India, a transparent force cracking open the windows to speak freely about mental health.
Lindsey’s journey to arrive at a comfortable enough space to dive in to these uncharted waters is a natural progression of her own career. A 25-year-old woman living and breathing hip hop, her tool to reach and inspire is her voice. While unaware of her impact, her first step discussing mental health on a large scale was a personal blog post describing how hip hop saved her life in the midst (and daily battles) of dealing with her anxiety disorder.
She isn’t lesser than because of her anxiety. She doesn’t peg herself as an expert – Nas and Kirk Franklin might not be the recipe to help someone else cope – however, she wants to remove the awkwardness from the conversation and reach those who are hiding or feeling low to know that they are not alone and they can be the person they dream of being.
With her voice and charming facial expressions as the vehicle to deliver candid conversations about mental health, Lindsey has jumped from writing a blog post to a brand new vlog series.