Mental health is a subject that has been largely ignored by the Black community for years, even though it affects us in a major way. With suicide on the rise, the days of “praying the problems away” are long being us and more celebrities have been willing to open up about battling things like depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. These brave voices are prompting more people of color to seek the help they need and make self-care a priority.
Here are 5 women we’re super proud of for sharing their stories:
Yara Shahidi is known for her brains and her beauty and she puts both to good use in multiple ways. The actress has been vocal about the importance of self-care and cultivating confidence from the inside out. “It’s been important for me to have a support network of people to turn to when I’m not doing so good, or when I’m tired, or whatever it may be, because it allows you a moment of privacy to be however you’re going to be,” she told InStyle.
Last year, she participated in WE RISE, a 10-day mental health festival that featured over 150+ artists presenting original pieces of art, over 50-hours of creative programming and workshops with some of the biggest names in pop culture, activism and art along with other performances and panels in Los Angeles.