Hello world, I’m Olivia Shepherd creator of BlackGirlDown and Ashes To Beauty Online Mentoring & Outreach, I too suffer from depression. I’m a wife, mother, entrepreneur an all around normal black woman who also suffers from mental illness, that know one likes to talk about. I started this blog to bring awareness to my African-American community because we as black women suffer depression at a much higher rate than our white sisters. Depression is a huge health concern among African-American women-but mental health is often stigmatized in the black community. Although it can impact people from all walks of life, cultural habits and historical experiences can cause depression to be expressed and addressed differently among black women. So please follow my journey as I start a road to recovery, hoping my words can influence you into speaking out and receiving the help we so badly need.
“Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all”. -Bill Clinton