All Eyes on Flint Native: Author TaWanna Anderson
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 health 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 Black community about the importance of mental wellness.
Since beginning her work in the mental health field, TaWanna has received acknowledgment 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.
PWH: Describe your brand as a whole in 3 words:
TA: Purposeful, transparent and motivational
PWH: What inspired M;nd Ya Mental?
TA: M;nd ya mental was inspired from my own experience of dealing with a mental illness. I have a wonderful support system and it’s still a struggle. I couldn’t imagine someone dealing with this alone so M;nd Ya Mental was birthed.
PWH: What is your mission and hope with M;nd Ya Mental?
TA: My mission is to assist in breaking the stigma surrounding mental illness. I want my community to understand disorders and how to get help and help their family members. No more praying and shutting up. We are praying then calling our therapist.
PWH: Tell us about your new book "Anxiety is Not Me"
TA: Anxiety is not me is my new book!! I’m so excited about it. This is 60 tips to help individuals deal with anxiety and depression. To motivate uplift and give them the courage to keep pressing through. All of the tips are things that have been tested and worked for myself. I think the part I’m most excited about is the part for families. We actually have that spot highlighted so family members can get to that section quickly so they can help their person.
PWH: What advice do you have for someone reading this who may be battling with Anxiety and depression?
TA: To anyone that may be dealing with anxiety and depression at this time. Please know that the thoughts and feelings are temporary. Please don’t make any permanent decisions off of those feelings. Seek help and know that you are not alone. You are stronger than you can imagine and I challenge you to push through. Never be ashamed to take medication, get checked in to the hospital, or for simply not being ok. If you don’t have a therapist find one today.
PWH: When you think of a pretty woman who hustles what crosses your mind?
TA: I believe a pretty woman who hustles is some that is authentic, relatable, and determined to succeed no matter what obstacles come her way.
Connect with TaWanna and M;nd Ya Mental Experience online today www.mindyamentalexperience.com