Self-Improvement Made Easy: Self Sabotaging

When it seems that you just can’t do it There is Always Hope Over life we have a list of areas that we would like to change and in many cases we try so many things to improve; yet nothing prevails.  Maybe you’ve been trying to get fit, improve your interpersonal skills change your career, save money, get organized or any list of meaningful self-improvements.   This unhealthy pattern becomes heart wrenching and darn right frustrating.  You wonder why even with your best intention; you just can’t get the result you want out of life?  There is the real chance that … Continue reading Self-Improvement Made Easy: Self Sabotaging

From the Heart of The Radiant: My Secret Life Exposed: Getting the Help I Needed

Over the last few months I have been updating the blog to address issues of self-improvement and development.  During this process I have received great feedback and personal stories from my followers.  Thank you all for helping Radiant Sunshine; as we continue to improve we will be adding different contributors.  Our first contributor is an anonymous female living with mental illness.  Join me in welcoming this contributor as she shares her story…. My Secret Life Exposed: Getting the Help I Needed Mental illness is a huge stigma I wasn’t ready to deal with, but conquered with an open mind and … Continue reading From the Heart of The Radiant: My Secret Life Exposed: Getting the Help I Needed

Suicide in the Black Community

Suicide in the Black Community This past year we’ve lost Soul Train creator Don Cornelius, Erica Kennedy, author of Bling and music executive Chris Lighty.  These deaths have highlighted the reality of suicide in the Black community.  Although there is some disagreement to the cause of death among these cases; it is still cause for concern.  The statement “Black people don’t commit suicide” is far from true. Over the last few years the suicide rate has fluctuated, but no matter how you look at it, in the last 15 years the rates of suicide has increased; especially amongst our Black … Continue reading Suicide in the Black Community

Schizophrenia in the Black Community

Schizophrenia in the Black Community When I first started working in mental health, I must admit, Schizophrenia was the area I had the least experience in.  I recall one of my first client’s with schizophrenia, Jack (fictitious name for the purpose of this blog).  Jack was a Black man in his late 30s with a college degree; he was an active member in his church and worked at the local grocery store stocking shelves.  When I met him the first time I remember thinking, “there is nothing wrong with this guy.”  However, that quickly changed once he decided that he … Continue reading Schizophrenia in the Black Community

Bipolar in the Black Community

Bipolar in the Black Community As a professional in human services it is the most difficult thing in the world to watch people suffer when there is help out there.  This feeling is even worse when you have a personal relationship with this person.  For the last few years that is exactly what I have been dealing with in my own life.  I’ve watched this person have extreme mood swings, going from manic to depressive in what feels like the blink of an eye.  Over time, this person’s extreme ups and downs have pushed people away and literally damaged some … Continue reading Bipolar in the Black Community

Depression in the Black Community (World Mental Health Day)

Depression in the Black Community “You’re just a little sad.” “Things will get better, don’t worry.” “All you need to do is pray; God will work it out.” “You come from a strong line of people, we’ve survived slavery, Jim Crow and years of racism; you can get through this problem.” To someone suffering with depression, these statements can be hurtful, angering and very isolating.  Depression is far from slavery, genocide, or the institution of racism, but to some it can be very frightening with very real pain. Depression is a mood disorder that deals in the simplest terms with … Continue reading Depression in the Black Community (World Mental Health Day)

Mental Health in the Black Community…

  Mental Health in the Black Community… For many years I have heard people in the Black community pass judgment on others by using terms like, “crazy” or “touched”, to identify those that may suffer from mental illness.  This history of ignorance has created a huge stigma in our community.  The fact is, many Blacks do not believe or acknowledge mental illness as true medical condition. When it comes to problems? Just pray.  Well that is one way to look at how God works, but another way to look at it is through the Spanish proverb, “Pray to God, but … Continue reading Mental Health in the Black Community…

Overview of Mental Illness

What is a mental illness?  A mental illness has been defined as “a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning (NAMI).”  Just like heart disease or diabetes, a mental illness is a medical condition.  I repeat a “medical condition.”  Usually with mental illness the person suffering can see a change, if not, total interference in their ability to handle their everyday life.  Mental illness does not discriminate by age, race, religion or income.  Therefore, it is important to remember that having a mental illness does not make you weak or … Continue reading Overview of Mental Illness

Mental Illness Awareness Week Oct 7-13, 2012

  When I first got out of graduate school I felt like I knew exactly what I wanted to do;  I was going to give everyone all the knowledge I had acquired in the hope that this would help heal their pain.  Sounds good right, but try to translate that into an actual job.  Well I did, I became a therapist and worked as a mental health family support specialist.  I got the opportunity to work with the families of people suffering from a mental illness and provide an educational 12-week series on mental illness.  Now years later, I still … Continue reading Mental Illness Awareness Week Oct 7-13, 2012