ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) — Between the worldwide pandemic, the battle for racial equality and polarizing politics, 2020 has put a pressure on many individuals’s psychological well being. For Black ladies, that pressure is commonly fixed, however not often talked about, till now.
A St. Louis filmmaker is sharing tales of battle and breakthrough impressed her personal battle with melancholy. The stigmas and stereotypes will say there may be an expectation for Black ladies to be robust on a regular basis.
Sharee Silerio mentioned all through historical past, Black ladies have been liable for their households, different folks’s households and have been anticipated to deal with all of it with grace.
The darkish actuality is, Black ladies are usually not proof against psychological well being struggles. That reality involves gentle in Silerio’s new documentary referred to as “Black Woman, Bleu”.
Silerio grew up in Florissant and developed a ardour for documenting life’s moments early on.
“One in all my retailers was utilizing the camcorder to make movies of my sister and her mates, of me singing and dancing,” she mentioned.
The inspiration for Sharee’s newest work began along with her personal battle.
“My uncle was my refuge; he was the one particular person I may discuss something and every part.”
Her uncle handed away in 2016. Sharee mentioned he’d struggled together with his psychological well being all his life, but it surely was no means talked about in her household.
“I did not understand till I used to be an grownup that he in all probability left his house perhaps 5 occasions; I can rely on my hand. He handled social nervousness and another issues.”
After his dying, Sharee, like many individuals, tried to maintain shifting and suppress the unhappiness, however a couple of 12 months later the grief consumed her and Sharee mentioned she discovered herself in a darkish melancholy. She tried to lean on mates for assist, however mentioned she was met with a response, nobody battling their psychological well being ought to hear.
“I heard issues like ‘you’re ungrateful for being depressed and you do not have a purpose to be depressed, it isn’t that dangerous.”
She sought skilled assist from a therapist and realized she no means wished one other girl to really feel alone of their melancholy. So, she began her mission to present Black ladies house to speak about how they really feel.
“I felt like I did not use my voice. I used to be silenced sigma and what different folks considered psychological sickness.”
“Black Woman, Bleu” was filmed final fall. Within the movie, 5 ladies intimately open up about their struggles with psychological well being. Sharee’s hope is that different ladies will hear the tales, know they’re not alone and the way they will get assist.
“I need them to know it is okay to hunt therapeutic and assist for no matter you are going , and your story issues, your ache issues, and your therapeutic is necessary.”
Sharee’s name to motion goes past the documentary, she’s additionally began the, “Black Woman, Bleu Psychological Well being Fund. It’s an initiative to supply free remedy periods for Black ladies in St. Louis space. Since July she’s helped 6 ladies, however she hopes to assist 1000’s.
You may donate to the mission right here.
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