A story of EMBRACING MENTAL HEALTH
Flint, Michigan native TaWanna Anderson is co-founder of the encouraging organization, Whenupray, and creator of The M;nd Ya Mental Experience, a platform dedicated to providing online and hands-on resources for Mental Wellness.
With an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree under her belt and certification from Mental Health First Aid, she uses her knowledge and compassion to help spread awareness about Mental Wellness in her community.
TaWanna’s transparency about her own personal experience with mental health issues, paired with her “do it scared” motto, has helped propel much-needed conversations in the community about the importance of Mental Wellness.
Since beginning her work in the mental health field, she has created The M;nd Ya Mental Experience Expo that’s hosted annually. Mental Health and the church panel that’s also hosted annually. TaWanna has also received acknowledgments and awards from the city of Flint, including the Black Girls Rock Survivor Award, the 2019 Builder Award, and the Helping Others Heal Award. She currently resides in Flint with her two daughters
M;nd ya mental experience
The M;nd Ya Mental Experience is for individuals to understand that mental illness does not have a look. Anyone can suffer from this condition. We want individuals to understand the importance of seeking help. We want them to know the resources that are available in their community. We also for family and friends to learn coping mechanisms and understanding of mental disorders. How to notice signs and what to look for to help prevent anything catastrophic from happening (ie: suicides)