As young people of color, we find help, hope and healing together. Sometimes, it can be hard to share our struggles. Stigma and pressure to be “strong” can make us feel like keeping silent is the only way to cope. Whatever we face, we remember that mental health issues are real, common and treatable. With support from our loved ones and professionals we can each develop skills to care for ourselves today and everyday.

Unapologetically Whole: Our Mental health matters

The Steve Fund is committed to promoting mental health with HBCU students and leaders via holistic resources and non-traditional strategies so that young people of color can thrive.

Being unapologetically whole is not the absence of concerns or struggle. Being whole means embracing each part of our identities and experiences while reflecting on what we need to heal. Living our best life means prioritizing mental health while seeking the resources we need, and deserve, to achieve our personal, academic and career goals.

How do you support your mental health?

Mental health can be described as the ability to adapt to change and cope with stress. While change and stress are a part of life, sometimes they can become overwhelming and lead to mental health challenges.

The good news is that you can take steps to reduce the risk of stressful situations and protect your mental health. By providing early support, we can help prevent a mental health crisis.

Risks: What affects our mental health?

  • Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • Being bullied or cyberbullied
  • Financial stress
  • Homophobia and transphobia
  • Isolation
  • Racial discrimination and xenophobia
  • Violence exposure as a victim or witness
  • Physical and mental illnesses
  • Loss of a loved due to death or the ending of a relationship

Protections: What helps our mental health?

  • Lean on your family, friends or trusted relationships for support from those who care about you
  • Take care of your physical and mental health
  • Strengthen problem-solving skills
  • Find support through connections in school, community or faith community
  • Join support, volunteer, and advocacy groups
  • Love yourself unconditionally and practice positive self-esteem and emotional well-being
  • Enhance coping skills with meditation, exercise, and religious and spiritual practices
  • Start an Unapologetically Whole journal


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My mental health matters because...


Ashlee takes a proactive approach to her mental health — and we celebrate her courage, clarity and resilience. “My mental health matters because it is a big part of my everyday life,” she says. “Everything in life affects us differently but making sure that I’m my biggest cheerleader is always a priority for me. Speak positivity in your daily life and watch how you manifest blessing and greatness. Love yourself enough to seek professional help if you aren’t feeling your best.”

5 Ways to Start a Conversation on Campus

Help start a conversation and a movement for mental health on campus with these tips from our collaborator Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis. Together, we can care for ourselves and each other.

What is Radical Healing?

Radical healing is defined as being whole or becoming whole in the face of identity-based wounds and oppressive conditions. As we heal from racial trauma and the impacts of racism on our mental health, radical healing practices can help us recognize challenges and foster collective action, solidarity, and resilience (French, Lewis, Mosley, Adames, Chavez-Dueñas, Chen, & Neville, 2020).

Our friends at the Psychology Radical Healing Collective developed this list of ways to promote the healing and emotional well-being of HBCU students and community. Read the full article on the Psychology of Radical Healing Collective Psychology Today blog:

For more information about the Psychology of Radical Healing Collective, visit their website:

5 Ways You Can Cultivate Healing:

1. Be proud of who you are and of your community, and become fascinated by your culture.
2. Share your story and connect with others.
3. Resist oppression and take action.
4. Maintain radical hope. Reflect on the strength in your family and trusted support.
5. Practice self-care every day.

Take Action

Write your thoughts in a journal or have a conversation with a trusted person:

What does radical healing in action look like to you?

Who in your life practices radical healing today?

What are some daily practices you can incorporate into your daily life?

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