About Me

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Welcome, I’m Heidi.  Thank you for taking time to visit my blog.

As a woman of color who has faced sexual abuse, eating disorders, been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, PTSD, anxiety, and being a suicide survivor, I am well aware of the challenges mental illnesses present when trying to maneuver throughout the world as we know it.  The social and cultural stigmas I have and still do experience, constantly remind me how much work still needs to be done in order to improve the negative perceptions people have towards mental illnesses, other health-related matters, or lifestyles.  My personal experiences led me to develop this blog.

I hope you enjoy my posts and we can learn from one another. I truly believe the healing process is a lifelong journey.  Please join me on this journey of healing.  Mine is just beginning.

I am a mental health advocate, author, mother, daughter, sister, and wife.  I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and pursuing my Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology.  I reluctantly made the transition from working 16 years in corporate America to working in the field of mental health.  My fears held me back from pursuing my passion and life purpose until I finally decided to take control of my mental illnesses and life.

Against all odds, I have and will continue to face my fears in an effort to help others face theirs.  I choose to no longer live in the past, but instead accept all that I am, all I am not, my challenges, strengths, and weaknesses.  My experiences, positive or negative have only empowered me to be who I am today.   I am thankful for my son. If not for him, I would not be here today.

Be well!

 

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(The Liebster Award is an award of recognition; designed to support a blogger’s outreach efforts within the community)

stigmafighterslogo Guest contributor to Stigma Fighters.  Founded by Sarah Fader, Stigma Fighters is a mental health non-profit organization dedicated to helping real people living with mental illnesses.

Stigma Fighters has been featured on Good Day New York, Psychology Today, Women’s Health Magazine, and The Washington Post.

Mystery Blogger Award

(“The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.”
Created by Okoto Enigma.)

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(This award was created by Miss Maggie over at Dreaming of Guatemala! And she says:  “This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.”)

© 2017 Heidi Sullivan-Inyama

 

 

 

17 thoughts on “About Me

    • bravingmentalillness says:

      Hi There! I see, yes we do. All of us are a work in progress and that’s great. I’m happy to have found your blog. I believe your journey has already begun and I commend you on sharing. You are an inspiration to all. Truly a blessing 😊

  1. Hi
    thank you for liking my blog. I’m currently reading yours and I can relate to a lot of stuff. Mental illness is still a taboe, but together we can change that
    cheers
    Mymentalme

  2. Always nice to meet another soul who wants to help make the world better 🙂

    Your story is definitely something. Good thing that came out of it all is it made you into someone who is making a lot of positive difference around the world now. Having climbing through an obstacle is one thing but helping others AFTER is also another!

    I’m really happy to read that you’ve survived the ordeal and you’re actually helping others now! Keep up the good work 😀

    Curious question- are you working as a counsellor now?

    Your pal,
    Benjamin
    http://www.projectbiy.com

    • Hi Benjamin, Nice meeting you here and thank you for the kind words. Thank you for taking the time to read over my blog and respond. I’m honored you or anyone is inspired by my story. Currently I’m not a counselor. I don’t have my license. I’m in the throws of obtaining my Master of Science in Clinical Psychology degree. In time, I’ll council, but my final goal is to be one a Psychologist. Regardless of where my life takes me, it will entail helping and inspiring others😀

      • Aye not a problem! I can see you succeeding in this, keep working at it!

        There can never be too many positive people around and you are sure to “Convert” more with your spirit 😉

        When you do get your degree and eventually become a psychologist, please update in your blog 😀

        Your pal,
        Benjamin

  3. Hi Heidi, sorry to hear you’ve had to struggle with mental illness, you’ve been through so much. It’s wonderful that now you’re an inspiration to others and are helping by sharing your story. Thank you for visiting my blog and the follow, it’s nice to connect with you! Take care, Jenny

    • Hi there! Thanks for the kind words. Yup, I’m just thrilled and honored that I’m in a space where I can help others while I continue my healing process. It’s nice to meet you too and I look forward reading more of your posts! 🙂

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