The BMHM (Black Mental Health Matters) web series is an attempt to bring people of color together in an effort to de-stigmatize the mental health issues surrounding the African-American community. These episodes were created by Leon Burns who was inspired to take on this venture after learning about several mental illnesses that had touched my close friends and family. This led him to believe that there was an incredibly serious issue that would never be brought to life. As a culture, we as African-American seldom disclose the issues that we’ve overcome after years of being accustomed to a socioeconomic disadvantage.
The guests on BMHM web series will be sharing mental health issues they have overcome and they will also be speaking on the obstacles that fueled them to make a difference in the life of others. This series will have viewers looking forward to seeing guests that will encourage others to seek help regardless of the “size” of their issues. In the end, we hope to create a safe space where people are no longer ashamed to share the ailments and obstacles that they face in everyday life.
Check out the first episode of Black Mental Health Matters with special guest Jessica Gaddy, founder of Nia Noire .