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"A letter to the EX who told me "You Have Nothing To Live For, Kill Yourself" (tw: verbal/emotional abuse)

For the sake of confidentially I guess I'll call you "George"

Dear "George",

I took the fire you burned me with and arisen from the ashes like a Phoenix.

On and off for two years, you verbally abused me. It was never excessive, so that's probably why I was naive, and I just let it go on (that and I lacked self-love). I use to make excuses for how you treated me. When someone throws a fist at you, it hurts. I've never been physically beaten…


Added by Robust on February 15, 2017 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Grieving and healing are a long process: I'm ready to embrace all that makes me (tw: abuse, suicide)

As I sit staring blankly at the screen, I find myself reflecting over the last few months that have evolved into the turbulent last few years and even further back, into an introspective study of every, last crystallized shard of childhood innocence shattered—scattered—and embedded within adolescent wounds left to fester long into adulthood scars that cannot be healed by simply kissing them better.

I lament over growing up in a Black Community that has…


Added by Robust on February 2, 2017 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Eating Disorders Are Not #WhiteGirlProblems

I was sitting on the couch in a small office across from two women, two therapists, on the second floor of LSU’s Health Services building. It was the first time anyone had associated that word, that disorder, with me. It was also the first time I’d heard anyone acknowledge that eating disorders are not an exclusively white issue.

My disordered eating started in middle school. It wasn’t blossoming figure or the sudden desire for male attention that triggered it,…


Added by Robust on January 23, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Fight back! Let’s make the next 4 years about radical self-love

Hey folks, you might be feeling a little defeated and overwhelmed right now by the first few days of the Trump administration, which has already seen terrifying proposed budget cuts and cabinet appointee hearings. And it’s okay to be sad and to not want to do shit. It’s okay to check out of politics and to stop checking the news (for a little bit, anyway) to focus on yourself and your mental health. In fact, I’d argue that it’s imperative.

Resisting the Trump…


Added by Robust on January 20, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

J Cole's Music Helps Me in My Recovery From Depression

Last week, when I found out J Cole was dropping a new album, a certain thought went through my mind. " How different will I feel listening to this album?", If you didn't know, earlier this year I wrote an article addressed as a letter to J Cole ( The previous article expressed how 2014 forest hills drive, helped me through some…


Added by Robust on December 14, 2016 at 11:38am — No Comments

Black women entrepreneurs create sustainable, all natural skincare line Limegreen

Entrepreneurs Talima Davis and Allison Lamb are on a mission to provide healthy, sustainable, and all natural skincare products with their new line Limegreen. Inspired by their grandmothers, they thought that the best way to serve is by making skincare products meant to be used in a variety of areas, rather than specializing on a specific area of the body. They…


Added by Robust on December 2, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Why I decided to dedicate my life to those going through depression and suicidal thoughts

While many people need help, mental health resources can be scarce at times. 350 million people around the world battle some form of depression. Suicide is also the 10th leading cause of death in the United states. The statistics on depression are currently rising.

My name is Jasmin Pierre. I have been an "Afro Punk" contributor for the majority of 2016. I am a self help book author, who writes about mental health, the majority of the time about depression, and…


Added by Robust on December 1, 2016 at 5:37pm — No Comments

AIDs Memorial Quilt founders host workshops to raise awareness about HIV/AIDs in the black community

Over the last three decades, one of the most powerful visual representations of the HIV/AIDs epidemic has been The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. A literal memorial quilt created with panels made by…


Added by Robust on December 1, 2016 at 3:31pm — No Comments

OP-ED: My sister's mental illness showed me how important it is to get help

This year I have written and shared a lot of things about me than I believe I ever have. That could be for multiple of reasons but it doesn’t really matter, I think the most important thing is the type of freedom I feel when I do it, and how unapologetic I am. There are some particular stories about my life I want to share with you, this is for people who may have or is currently going through anything similar. I’m hoping that by sharing this you feel somewhat liberated.…


Added by Robust on November 28, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Social entrepreneur launches cookbook AmeriCulinariska and is donating 10% of proceeds to The Hunger Project

Being a giver is rare in society today, but social entrepreneurs like Kendra Valentine are making a difference in creative ways. Kendra started her whole foods blog, AmeriCulinariska, while she was abroad and was homesick for some home cooking. After doing research, she realized that the amount of processed food she was eating was exorbitant and wanted to make a change, and help educate the people around…


Added by Robust on November 22, 2016 at 1:35pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Nothing Is Funny About Kanye's Psych Evaluation

Social media has been in an uproar for the past 48 hours over Kanye West. Shortly after his "Saint Pablo" Tour was canceled, He was also admitted into the hospital for a Psych evaluation. According to TMZ, Kanye was being seen by a physician for severe sleep deprivation prior to his admission. Sources also say Kanye was restrained when he refused to go.

Many people have mixed reactions when it comes to Kanye. Some say he's a musical genius, while others say he's…


Added by Robust on November 22, 2016 at 10:51am — No Comments

OP-ED: Know What the Hell is in Your Food: The REAL Reason to Cook

Hello, I’m Kendra Valentine and my blog Americulinariska promotes cooking grub for yourself with big flavor and REAL food. Since I’m an expat living abroad, it was important for me to get the comforts of home no matter where I called home, using creativity and whole food instead of unnatural processed-food short cuts.

The moment I…


Added by Robust on November 21, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Taking care of your mental health after this election is vital

Now, more than ever is the time to watch our mental health. Many people are afraid, depressed, and filled with anxiety over this election. I understand people's concerns.

Everyone has the right to feel a certain type of way right now. You have the right to feel scared, outraged, angry, or worried. You even have every right to cry right now. However, I ask that you take care of yourselves. It's good to get all of your built up emotions out, but please do so in…


Added by Robust on November 10, 2016 at 5:01pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Do Shows like "Love And Hip Hop" Paint A Bad Mental Picture Into The Minds Of Black America?

I won't even sit here and lie to you. I used to watch reality tv shows like "Love And Hip Hop" faithfully. That's until I realized this is not a good reality for my mental stimulation. Let me explain what I mean. Every week I tuned into LHH I saw every negative black stereotype imaginable. Loud and ignorant black women ready to fight on sight, sneaky black men constantly cheating on his beautiful black woman, black men with two or more baby mama's who can't get…


Added by Robust on October 26, 2016 at 11:37am — 5 Comments

Renee Davis was depressed, suicidal, and pregnant when she was killed By Police #SayHerName

Once again someone going through a mental health crisis has been shot, and killed by police. This time 23 year old Native American woman Renee Davis. She was a mother of three, and was five months pregnant with the fourth. Statistically she is the 13th woman shot, and killed by police this year who was listed as mentally ill. This story comes less than a week after writing an article ( on a similar problem I have…


Added by Robust on October 24, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

I Accidentally Survived Suicide - The Stigma Around Mental Health Can Be Deadly

TW: suicide, mental health

In August of 2015, a father came home to every parent's worst nightmare:

The unresponsive body of his twenty-six year old daughter, naked, and lying in a pool of her own pink, red and white vomit, with the music list of her phone deleted to just two songs set to repeat over, and over, and over again:

“Center Of The Sun” by Conjure One (skip to 1:55), and “Breaking The Habit” by Linkin Park.…


Added by Robust on October 24, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Slaying The Silence surrounding mental health: Dealing With My Grandmother's Suicide - TW: suicide

“Your Grandmother is in the hospital. She broke into the medicine cabinet behind the nurses' station at her nursing home, stole some Tylenol, and took too many. It isn't looking well."

My seventeen-year-old body went completely numb; perhaps to try in a futile effort to keep myself from feeling the shock of the words my Aunt had spoken softly into the phone on the night of November 19th, 2006, just a little after 2am.

For years, my maternal…


Added by Robust on October 21, 2016 at 10:04am — No Comments

The Police Can Show Up To Your Door Instead Of An Ambulance If You're Feeling Suicidal - TW: suicide

If you're feeling suicidal an officer can show up to door. Even if you call 911 they can refer you to call the police department instead. This article is not meant to bash all of law enforcement. However, we need to address a major issue here. Many police officers are not fully equipped to take on a mental health crisis. I feel it's bad enough that people with mental illness can already be mistaken for a common criminal. Especially when they're more than likely to be a…


Added by Robust on October 20, 2016 at 5:38pm — No Comments

OP-ED: “I’m in Hell Already”: A look Inside What Severe Depression Really Feels Like (TW Suicide)

The words you're about to read are true. They come from my very first self help book called "A Fight Worth Finishing". I want people to really look inside of the head of someone who has gone through severe depression and suicidal thoughts. I really want to wake people up.

Depression is real and it can feel like IS HELL. I was alone for so long because I felt like nobody understood me. The torment in my mind was real. The hurt and pain was unbearable.…


Added by Robust on October 18, 2016 at 11:25am — No Comments

OP-ED: F&$K The Seat at the Table, Build Your Own Table

One rainy Saturday in July, I was at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival representing my apparel and multimedia firm Libre Brand, when I heard the master of ceremonies comment on racial discrimination in the United States. "We need a seat at the table too," he said (or something to that effect) which immediately irritated and exasperated me. It is my understanding that one of the reasons why Black people in America are suffering from economic and cultural impoverishment is their…


Added by Robust on October 11, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

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