Hi there beautiful people,
If you’re reading this, you’re part of the very first subscribers to the Yeah No, I’m Not Ok newsletter — a place where you can find more resources, additional content from our episodes, and most importantly, more stories from people all over the country about their own mental health and healing journeys. I am so grateful for all your love and support and wanted to check in and say hi.
Many of us know all too well that within BIPOC communities, we’re taught to bottle up generations of trauma. But as we enter a new era of change and social revolution, we need to reflect inwards and begin to mend the pain we feel within. Some of us carry more than we can handle at times, and know we see you.
We are here for you. Even if just for an hour each week, I hope that each episode helps you unpack and make sense of what you’re feeling.
Last week, I hit up my good friend and legendary comedian, Eric Andre, to talk about anxiety, therapy, and transcendental meditation, and making sure that your mental health comes first always. There’s a silent epidemic going on amongst men facing mental illness today, but I hope my conversation with Eric helps challenge toxic masculinity and the notion that men shouldn’t be vulnerable or reach out for help. You should. This week, I’m speaking to the extremely talented Demi Lovato — she’s gone through hell and back but still continues to advocate the importance of mental health and shares her journey with addiction and recovery openly. During our convo, she tells me about surviving a near fatal overdose, why she’s not afraid to be vulnerable, and more… don’t forget to tune in. I can’t wait for you to hear this one.
Ultimately, myself, along with my guests, are here to talk about mental health openly and without stigma. Especially during a global pandemic, I know just how barely okay we can be on some days. So, yeah no, we’re still not okay - but we’ll get there.
I hope YNINOK brings you comfort and reminds you that we’re all on this journey together. No one is alone. This has been a life changing experience and I’ll always treasure every single one of you reading this and listening. Thank you for being part of our little experiment. Talk to you soon, xo.
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