Mental Health is still thrown in the shade and people don’t want to talk about it. I feel there’s very less awareness about it and people hesitate to speak about it thinking it’s a crime. The stigma around mental health is growing so much and mental health advocates are doing a lot to take out the stigma
Well, today I have with me Sabrina J from Joining Heads who happens to be a very strong Mental Health Advocate. In this interview, she talks about her personal experiences and struggles and gives out valuable advice to all the readers.
Her work has really been inspiring to me and to others as well and she is standing tall to fight the Mental Illness, help people, create a community where the stigma is taken out and people gain-back control over their lives. Well, I’m a huge supporter of Joining Heads, YES!
Check out the interview as she talks more about her experiences and about her Journey and also gives valuable insight on her Vision.
#1 First off, thank you for agreeing to be interviewed Sabrina. Tell us a bit about yourself!
My name is Aschel St Ville better known as Sabrina J on Instagram. I am a writer and a mental health advocate. I founded Joining Heads in 2018 in a period when I was struggling with depression and anxiety. I founded this non-profit to increase mental health awareness Among women of colour because in our community there is still so much work to do to break the stigma
#2 Can you tell why mental health is so important to you?
Mental health is important to me because I have seen first-hand how it can affect the quality of life of an individual and also a family. It is so important to maintain your mental health and prioritize it because at the end of the day it controls every aspect of your life. It is the link that connects everything.
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#3 What inspired you to be a Mental Health Advocate?
I am inspired to be an advocate for mental health because my brother who is my best friend became mentally ill from a young age and I felt like if there were more services for mental health at that time the experience would’ve been different and so I want to be able to be there for people and families particularly women of colour who experience mental illness and do not have the support they need.
#4 Do you think people are taking their Mental Health for granted?
I think people are becoming more aware about the importance of mental health. But there is still a lot to be done
#5 What is your vision with ‘Joining Heads’?
I want joining Heads to become a global non-profit that makes impact of lives and families all over the world. I want to take my non-profit back to my country and become the voice I needed so many years ago when I just needed someone to help me to understand what was going on with my brother.
#6 What would you say to the people out there suffering the Mental Health Stigma?
To everyone out there suffering with their mental health and afraid to speak because of the stigma I want to say you are not alone. There are so many people who have similar experiences as you. Please do not think that you are alone not even for a second. Please go out and get the help that you need. You will get more support than you think and even if you don’t know that you are doing this for yourself and for your future.
I really enjoyed and have so much respect for Sabrina after hearing her experience.
Go out and seek for help, there are people willing to help! There’s so much to take-away from this and I hope you do the same.