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ARE Y~U,
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It’s crucial for people living with mental health
conditions to know they’re not alone.

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We’ve partnered with The Okra Project to share and amplify authentic & empowering stories of the Black Transgender community and their mental health experiences. The stories highlight these folks’ resilience and how beautiful it is to be a Black Transgender person. We understand that society’s work is far from over in creating culturally informed, quality mental health equity for all — and we hope these stories will help in our efforts to educate, destigmatize and implement lasting change for the Black Trans community.

We’ve partnered with The Okra Project to share and amplify authentic & empowering stories of the Black Transgender community and their mental health experiences. The stories highlight these folks’ resilience and how beautiful it is to be a Black Transgender person. We understand that society’s work is far from over in creating culturally informed, quality mental health equity for all — and we hope these stories will help in our efforts to educate, destigmatize and implement lasting change for the Black Trans community.

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Ianne Fields Stewart (they/them/she/her)
Ianne Fields Stewart (they/them/she/her)
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“I wouldn’t give it up for anything. I’m just happy being me.”

Justin Ward Weber (they/them/he/his)
Justin Ward Weber (they/them/he/his)
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“What I love about being a black trans person is being a black trans person. Period.”

Eddie Maisonet (he/him/his)
Eddie Maisonet (he/him/his)
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“The way that things have happened have allowed so much more room for me…room to feel certain things, to have moments of growth, to make certain connections. That’s been incredible.”

Angelica Torres (she/her/hers)
Angelica Torres (she/her/hers)
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“The way that I stay resilient during this whole pandemic is by connecting with my chosen family and friends — laughing with them, loving with them, and crying with them when I need to.”

Jennifer Love Williams (she/her/hers)
Jennifer Love Williams (she/her/hers)
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“I feel perfectly imperfect, with a great amount of self love”

Jackson Alexander (they/them/he/his)
Jackson Alexander (they/them/he/his)
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“We just got to exist as black, queer, non-binary, trans people, not worrying about what anyone thought of us or how anyone perceived us. It was everything.”

Jevon Martin (he/him/his)
Jevon Martin (he/him/his)
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“We are here. We’re not going anywhere.”

J Coley (they/them)
J Coley (they/them)
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“It feels amazing to finally be here, because I’ve been wanting to be here for a while and have been too scared to say ‘this is me.'”

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Security Guard in NYC
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Nashone Bethea

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Social Practitioner in NYC
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Welder in Rochester, NY
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Bailey Delaplaine

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Nurse in NYC
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Megan Sullivan

Ianne Fields Stewart (they/them/she/her)
Ianne Fields Stewart (they/them/she/her)
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Justin Ward Weber (they/them/he/his)
Justin Ward Weber (they/them/he/his)
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Eddie Maisonet (he/him/his)
Eddie Maisonet (he/him/his)
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Angelica Torres (she/her/hers)
Angelica Torres (she/her/hers)
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Jennifer Love Williams (she/her/hers)
Jennifer Love Williams (she/her/hers)
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Jackson Alexander (they/them/he/his)
Jackson Alexander (they/them/he/his)
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Jevon Martin (he/him/his)
Jevon Martin (he/him/his)
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J Coley (they/them)
J Coley (they/them)
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Security Guard in NYC
Security Guard in NYC
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Social Practitioner in NYC
Social Practitioner in NYC
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Welder in Rochester, NY
Welder in Rochester, NY
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Nurse in NYC
Nurse in NYC
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How to
safely share
your story:

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Make sure you're ready to talk about your mental health story. If you don't want to talk about your mental health experience or journey, you don't have to. The choice is completely up to you.
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You may use this platform to share publicly, or to keep your stories private for yourself. If you decide to share your experience publicly, your story will be available on the website for anyone logged in to see.
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Define your key message. Think about what you would like the audience to know about your story. We want to hear your authentic voice, but we also want to offer an inspiring message of hope to those hearing your personal experience.
4
Educate your network. People may see your story and reach out for help. Remember, there are many resources to direct them to. If you feel they are in crisis, recommend Crisis Text Line, a free 24/7 confidential crisis intervention service via SMS. Text COALITION to 741741 to speak to a trained crisis counselor.
How to talk about mental health

IN AN
EMERGENCY

If you or a friend need urgent assistance, call 911 immediately, or take your friend directly to the emergency room. If you feel it’s safe, stay with your friend, or find someone to stay with them until help arrives.

Call 911

IN A
CRISIS

You are never alone. Help is always available. For immediate support 24/7, reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting COALITION to 741741, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It’s free and it’s highly confidential, unless it’s essential to contact emergency services to keep you or your friend safe.

Call 1-800-273-8255

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