Black Voices of Mental Health- Episode 2: Mariah Krystal, Cameron Burris, Imadé Borha

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Hi everyone, ready for the next edition of Black Voices of Mental Health? I sure am!

Today I want you to meet Mariah, Cameron, and Imade. They are three Black women changing the perception of mental health in the Black community. Each one has a uniquely beautiful style in which they share their experiences with us.

So without further ado, check out today’s Black Voices of Mental Health!

Mariah Krystal (Mariah Krystal Blog)

Mariah Krystal

Mariah runs a blog focusing on mental health, motherhood, and faith ( She writes about a variety of subjects. However, she’s also given us a look into her own struggles with anxiety and depression.

Her posts on Mental Illness (and all her posts) are amazingly informative and relatable. Check out some of her work here and please make sure to give her a follow on Facebook (@MariahKrystalBlog) and Pinterest (@MariahKrystalBlog).

It’s Ok to Not be Ok

How I Learned to Manage my Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Today I’m Grateful For…

Cameron Burris (Quiet Contemplation LLC)

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Cameron Burris MSW,RCSWI

Cameron Burris is a lady of many talents – she’s a therapist, a social worker, a yogi, a speaker, social scientist, writer and editor! Wow!

I first came across Cameron’s site through Quiet Contemplation’s Facebook Page where she posts mental health and social science content that’s not only beautiful but also incredibly informative.

Lately, Cameron has been posting about her thoughts on the state of unrest in the country. Her words are inspiring and in-depth and should be shared widely. They encompass not just the national hurt but also her own feelings of grief.

Her posts also provide ways we can collectively start to heal and how we can be better allies during this fight.

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Just one of the many gorgeous pieces of content on Cameron’s FB page: the entire post is featured below

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Cameron Burris: Full Post feature below:

In addition to her Facebook posts, Cameron also has a digital “waiting room” on her site with some great blog posts. Check them out here and don’t forget to follow Cameron on Pinterest (The Mindful Bruja) and Instagram(@quietcontemplationllc):

A Love Letter to Future Yogis

A social worker, yogi, and editor walk into a bar…

Imadé Borha (Depressed While Black)

Imade Borha is an incredible voice in the Black Mental Health Community. Through her work with Depressed While Black, she shares the truly unique perspective of a Black woman struggling with mental health.

In the video below, she relates how her counselors didn’t consider that it might not be a great experience for her to have a police escort to the mental hospital. She also talks about faith and how it can affect the perception of mental health in the Black community.

Imade shares her story of how Jesus told her to get on Anti-depressants (it’s a really great story)

Imade also pulls in donations of clothing and personal care items for people who have been hospitalized. This is critical because a lot of times you arrive from the hospital to an behavioral health center with only a gown and no personal items.

This is a wishlist of the items Imade collects, if you want to help her out you can contact her at

  1. Hair Ties
  2. Boxers
  3. Underwear
  4. Small Hair Oil Bottles
  5. Wave Caps
  6. T-shirts
  7. Sports Bras

And of course, please check out some of Imade’s many articles. She contributes to Essence, Forbes, Medium, The Mighty, Shondaland, and Vice just to name a few. Also remember to follow her on Facebook (@depressedwhileblack), Twitter (@depressedwblack), and Instagram (@depressedwhileblack)

Depressed While Black" founder Imade Nibokun is fearlessly ...

How To Find A Black Therapist Virtually – Published by Essence Magazine

Five Signs of a Great Virtual Black Therapist – Published by the Black Youth Project

Three Reasons Why It Can Be Harder for Black Women To Get Mental Health Treatment – Published by Medium

And many more!

Wrap Up

And there you have it folks, some amazing Black Voices of Mental Health! Stay tuned for Episode 3 happening tomorrow. Let us know in the comments below if you think there are bloggers/content creators you’d like us to feature!

Oh and remember the best way you can help these bloggers get their word out is to like, share, and subscribe to their stuff. I also encourage you to look around their blogs and websites because all three of these ladies have so much incredible content to share.

Much Love,


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10 thoughts on “Black Voices of Mental Health- Episode 2: Mariah Krystal, Cameron Burris, Imadé Borha”

  1. Such a great and inspiring post! This is exactly what we need in the world right now. This ladies are awesome! Thank you for sharing them with the world! I’ll have to check each one of them out. 💖💕💖💕

    1. Thank you so much for reading and yes these ladies are incredible! Each of them brings something amazing to the table and shares it with all of us.

  2. Empowering post. I love what these women stand for. I am a huge believer of women empowering women so this is a beautiful post. As a samba dancer, I feel honoured and grateful for the opportunity to learn from this culture. Each time I dance and perform, I remember its roots and try to represent these women and their culture and strength with grace, respect and above all else, JOY.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed this post! It’s amazing to hear how you’re honoring Samba’s roots and representing them thoughtfully. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

  3. Hey! I just wanted to say that I’ve enjoyed your blog for a while now and I am super happy and unsurprised as to how you’ve responded to all the events currently. I love this post and I think you’re doing a great job. I haven’t written anything on my blog yet in regards to the murders and protests but I’m working on it now and I’m learning a lot from following people like yourself.

    1. Thank you so much, it means so much to me that you enjoy the blog! Can’t wait to see what you write about the current events, I know it’ll be great!

  4. Thanks for sharing this. And you also helped me realize something I haven’t realized before–I don’t hear enough voices of color on the issue of mental health.

    1. I realized that too as I was writing this – the world definitely needs to hear their unique perspective on mental health.

      Thanks for reading!

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