Mental Health Monday #63: Orlando Brown head to rehab + Latinx wellness, helping folks during panic attacks, etc.

Actor Orlando Brown

Actor Orlando Brown

Welcome to another round of Mental Health Monday, your weekly dose of stories, resources, and motivation for your everyday life. On last week’s installment, Chance the Rapper made made a big investment in Chicago’s mental health services, Kofi Siriboe drops a new short film on mental illness, the intersections of faith and therapy, and more. Have a gander.


Orlando Brown Checks Into Rehab For Substance Abuse And Mental Health” by Jessica McKinney [VIBE]

Troubled actor Orlando Brown, who is best known for his role on Disney’s hit show That’s So Raven, is finally seeking the help that he needs. The actor has reportedly checked into a rehabilitation center after his friends staged an intervention, TMZ reports.

Brown is reportedly being treated at the facility for substance abuse and mental health issues. The actor’s friend, Danny Boy – whom is the owner of the Las Vegas restaurant that the star broke into in Sept. 2018 – reportedly contacted Hollywood producers, Wendy Wheaton and Tommy Red who provided contacts for a rehab.

Getting Real About Your Mental Health” [Shondaland]

Screen Shot 2018-10-15 at 12.12.10 PM 1.png talked with content creator Chris Lam and Yolo Akili Robinson, Executive Director of the Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective about overcoming barriers to wellness and some preferred self-care practices. Check it out.

Black Mothers Of LGBTQ Children Need Space To Share Their Experiences” by George Johnson [Essence]

We have seen the horror stories of abuse and homelessness far too many times to know that it’s not all roses in our communities. But what if there were space for Black women who struggle with having queer children—not because they don’t love them, but because they are navigating the same toxic masculinity culture that we all must survive? What if they knew other women like my mom and my aunts existed? Women they could touch, and see, and speak with as they work through their own homophobia and transphobia? What if there were a safe space for them to love their children while also fighting to be better people?

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“First Lady Chirlane Mccray Launches Effort to Promote Mental Health and Wellness in the Latino Community With the Launch of "Latinx Thrive"“ [NYC1]

First Lady Chirlane McCray today announced Latinx Thrive, a grassroots effort led by ThriveNYC, Latinx advocacy organizations, and New York City elected officials to promote mental health literacy in their communities. The coalition will work to decrease mental health stigma while connecting more individuals and families to ThriveNYC services.

By the end of 2019, the coalition will train 10,000 community members in Mental Health First Aid and host 100 listening sessions, known as “Thrive Talks,” where community members can share their stories, connect with others, and learn about available mental health resources.

And here are some suggestions for helping folks through panic attacks from trauma therapist Ruchita Chandrashekar.


Two wellness resources from the Black Emotional and Mental Wellness Collective (BEAM).

  1. The Feelings Wheel: Developed by Dr. Gloria Wilcox, the feelings wheel is a great tool to help expand our emotional intelligence and vocabulary. Download here.

  2. The BEAM Healing & Accountability Wheel draws on the work of previous wheels to serve as a guide on how to build loving relationships. Download the Accountability Wheel here. Download the accompanying activity guide here.

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