When you see the mighty impact Rwenshaun miller a about people of color, you see lives he has helped transform. Every day, Miller is determined to become what he calls “the person he needed when he was younger.”
“I needed a male figure to tell me it’s OK to hurt, it’s OK to show emotion, and it’s OK to cry,” Miller said.
July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, also known as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and Colored) Mental Health Month.
This year’s theme is Strength in Communities, to highlight alternative mental health supports created by BIPOC and queer and trans BIPOC communities of color (QTBIPOC), for BIPOC and QTBIPOC communities of color.
Miller is a licensed clinical mental health counselor.
He obtained a master’s degree in counseling, is working on his doctorate and founded a non-profit organization – Eustress, Inc. – help those who may not have the financial capacity to access quality care to meet their mental health needs.
“We want to make sure we’re doing our part as a community to fund certain things for people who might not be able to resolve their mental health issues,” Miller said. “Eustress Inc. is trying to help fund therapy sessions for children and families who cannot afford it but need it.
Eustress, Inc. was born out of her desire to raise awareness of the importance of recognizing, improving and preserving mental health. It’s a topic, Miller said, that is often marked by stigma and denial, especially in the black community.
“We grew up in a time when what goes in this house stays in this house,” Miller said. “Well, the house is about to burn. We don’t talk about these things. I’m doing it to help the next generation and the generation that came before me.
Miller organized the “Let’s Talk” walks to help break the stigma.
His book, “Injured Reserve,” is aimed directly at black men.
“We always want to make it look like we are always strong in all situations,” Miller said. “So that was something I wanted to break.”
Her next goal is to open a mental health triage clinic, which would provide culturally effective and affordable care.
As CEO of The good stress companyMiller and his team of counselors begin the therapy process by addressing clients’ challenges.
“Our goal is to provide compassionate, supportive, non-judgmental support in a safe and nurturing environment,” Miller said. “With the right mental, emotional, physical and spiritual skills, you can move from life to fulfillment, experiencing life in a much healthier way.”
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