A Note From The Editor
My dad, who happens to be one of my favorite people in the world, once asked me, “Do you really need so many vacations?”. My reply, “My goals is not to need them.” As a clinician and entrepreneur, it’s hard for me to truly take extended breaks at home. Vacations are part of my mental health maintenance.
Our inaugural issue of the OurselvesBlack magazine is released in July, Minority Mental Health Month. Often, and understandably so, such observations prompt much needed discussion and reflection about the impact of mental illness in our community. While it’s true that we don’t do that enough, we should also place our attention on mental health, not only in our communities, but in our own lives as well.
As a clinician, my observation is that most people know what is restorative, energizing and helpful for them mentally. And it takes many forms: a call to a favorite aunt, engagement in a faith community, reading on a patio, getting in some cardio, community service, or grabbing a meal with a good friend to name a few. The problem? All too often, we convince ourselves that other things are a better use of our time and effort.
My challenge to you, our readers, is to use this observation of Minority Mental Health Month to look inward, craft your own mental health maintenance plan, and then doggedly and unapologetically practice it.
Sarah Y. Vinson, M.D.