Safe Spaces Created For A Black Woman's Mental Health

by Amani Richardson

Self-care and self-love are not mutually exclusive. But rather, they are both deeply rooted in the practice of wellness. The National Wellness Institute, defines wellness as encompassing lifestyle, mental, spiritual and environmental well-being on both a multidimensional and holistic level.

Leave it to these six wellness mamas who have created platforms and demanded safe spaces that are inclusive for all women of color enduring mental illnesses, trauma, toxic relationships and on the path to spiritual rediscovery. Each of these women is reshaping the culture and the conversations about the world of wellness for black women.

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Lauren Ash

Rightfully titled the “Zen Mother” (Refinery29), Lauren is making strides to open our minds to the world of health-conscious living. Black Girl In Om podcast and online publication encapsulate the purest essence of self through mind, body, soul, and space. Lauren has been featured in Crwn Magazine’s 2018 Love Issue, named Essence’s ‘33 Self-Care Sistahs that Helped Redefined Wellness’ and has received recognition from Shape Magazine as One of the most important voices in the wellness industry. From mental health, plant-based living and sisterhood, Ash has no confines to her divine creativity.

In an interview with Refinery 29, Ash shares a personal lesson from her grandmother and eloquently states, “I am trying to only accept what is authentic and I want to help other women do the same.” This statement nonetheless captures the core of her work. Check out Lauren Ash’s latest work with Black Girl In Om and Ivory and Ash Lifestyle Co. here.

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Hey Fran Hey

Meet the ‘Kitchen Beautician’ Francheska Medina, whose well-liked DIY natural skin and body care YouTube tutorials have changed the game for holistic living within the Black community. She’s curated step by step recipes with ingredients that cover all of your skin’s needs from deodorant, body butter, lip balm to even sugar waxing. Francheska highlights the importance of every day conscious living throughout her journey battling a chronic illness. Francheska has curated a space—Heyfranhey.com that provides an abundance of holistic resources for fitness, healing, dieting, and your daily dose of motivation.

As she continues to propel on her holistic journey, Medina has taken on her most popular role as co-host on the Friend Zone podcast and curator of her very own 12-city Wellness Tour, The Supernatural Pop Up. Most loved about Medina is her ability to vibrate higher and spread positive energies with her mantra “I stopped looking for the light and decided to become it instead.” Be sure to keep up with Francheska on her YouTube channel, blog, and podcast here.

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Elyse Fox

Founder of the Sad Girls Club, Elyse Fox’s mission is to dismantle the negative stigma surrounding conversations about mental illnesses. Elyse’s self-filmed documentary Conversations with Friends sparked an interest with both Nike and Instagram where she now collaborates to create initiatives for more ‘In real life’ experiences for young girls battling mental illnesses. Through Elyse’s own battle with depression and anxiety, she notes the importance of seeking a mentor in overcoming her struggles. In turn, she aspired to mirror a mentoring role for young women and has been profoundly awarded for her work. Elyse has been nominated for the 2018 Shorty Awards, 2018 Dazed 100 Activists, and highlighted as Huffpost Black Voices ‘20 Somethings Making it Easier for Black Millennials to talk about Mental Health’.

Elyse aims to make an impact by partnering with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 2025 project initiative and reduce suicide rates in the U.S. by 20%. The Sad Girls Club has become both an online and in real life safe space for all persons to seek mental health services and reassurance that they are not alone. Catch up with Elyse and the Sad Girls Club at sadgirlsclub.org

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Lindsey Day

 The visionary and founder of CRWN Magazine. CRWN Mag has become one of the most transparent and original print magazines made just for black women. It has created such a sisterhood and welcoming online presence through its blog with conversations about afrosexology, relationships, and endless black girl appreciation. Day’s creativity shines through each piece she touches and she continues to raise the bar in putting on for black women. Inclusivity, representation, and transparency are a few key themes one will notice through Day’s work. Much deserved, Day has been recognized as Huffpost’s ‘Black Innovators who are Creating a Better Tomorrow’.

  Day continues to redefine the world of wellness one story and one visual at a time. Finally black women have a print magazine that has been curated with pure love and naturalness, just for us. Whenever you find yourself detached from the world around you, allow Day’s work to bring you home and discover a little more about the woman you are within. Keep up with Lindsey’s latest articles and upcoming Issue: Money & Power here.

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