As we revisit EverythingShaquana’s past, en route to celebrating the NOW that precedes our future, I must remind you all of the mission here: To transcend conversation.

To change, not only what “we” as a world talk about, or how we talk about it; but most especially, WHY we talk about “it.”

There’s no better way to get to the core of your own mind, than to dive right into, the conversations that no one wants to have. Or as I put it when I first started this journey, airing out the elephants in the room. 

As Timothy Ferris once said, “A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.”

So, for Tell It Tuesday here at EverythingShaquana, where we tell it like it is, I wanna remind you all of a difficult conversation I wrote about a few times, that has yet to get easier to discuss or more reasonably understood.

That convo is… the talk about mental health. Seems open and shut, but it’s soooo not. So, I start light today, with a piece I published almost 2 years ago, on LinkedIn. God willing, we’re more ready to have this conversation today, than we ever have been before.

Because Lord knows, we NEED to be! A’se!

LinkedIn Forum Question & Response: 

Question: Why do you think people are ashamed to talk about Mental Disorders in their families?

Response: This is such an important question for people throughout our nation, in general, and in particularly throughout the Pan-African communities. I believe much of the key to why people are ashamed of stuff, is because people don’t understand it.

I recently wrote a post, discussing how powerful the fear of the unknown can be for people. I asserted that in fact, it is the fear of the unknown, xenophobia at its best, that leads to the spread of hate.

For instance, the many things that are manifested in acts of hate and fear, such as homophobia, prejudice, transphobia, fatphobia and phobias of developmentally different people. In such, I believe people feel shame, because they not only fear the stigma, but in many ways have been subjugated to reinforce the stigma.

Deconstructing that fear of what we don’t understand, could significantly improve the everyday life for people with “mental illnesses”. Starting with the way they think and live, deconstructing fear of the unknown could help in getting rid of the necessity for the label, “mentally ill.” Again, thank you for allowing me to join this wonderful discussion, as it’s been insightful and consciously stimulating. Peace and blessings to you all!!

**Originally Published: March 3, 2015 (Originally Titled: Why Do You Thunk People Are Ashamed To Tall About Mental Disorders In Thier Families?