Strength Over Silence

Strength Over Silence

Stories of Courage, Culture and Community

In this ongoing docuseries, NAMI highlights perspectives on mental health across backgrounds and communities. Through candid and courageous stories of lived experience, these mental health champions share their resilience and recovery, emphasizing the importance of culture and identity in the mental health movement.

Living an Abundant Life, A Story of Faith and Mental Illness

Yulanda Ming Blackson, a NAMI In Our Own Voice presenter from Maryland, faced adversity but found peace with her own mental illness. As the daughter and wife of pastors, she shares her story about mental health and faith in the Black community.

Inhabiting the Space that Wasn't Built for You

Rosemary Ketchum, is the first-ever politically elected trans woman in the state of West Virginia, gaining national attention. She runs the NAMI Wheeling West Virginia drop-in-center and is the youngest person at age 26 to be on their board of directors. She has extensive family experience with mental health and addiction. She addresses the need for LGBTQ+ people to have a place in the room advocating for social change and a stigma-free world.

From Secrets to Strength

Pooja Mehta, a rising leader in the Asian American/Pacific Islander mental health community, shares her story of recovery and her focus on amplifying the voices of people who are underrepresented in their communities. She is currently a student at Columbia University working toward a master’s degree in public health and sits on the NAMI New York State Board of Directors.

Tackling Mental Health Stigma

The latest installment features NAMI Ambassador Chris Hubbard, offensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns. Hubbard takes us on a journey back to his hometown of Columbus, Georgia, where he shares the unique challenges of playing competitive sports, encourages young athletes to take care of their mental health and relays the importance of asking for help.

Barbershop Confessions in the Big Easy

Meet Lorenzo Lewis, founder of The Confess Project, and learn how he uses barbershops across America as platforms to start conversations and spread hope and healing in the black community.

Discovering my Superpower

This documentary features NAMI Ambassador A.J. Mendez, author, advocate and former World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE) wrestler. Hear her mental health advice to Latinx families and learn why she believes her bipolar disorder is a gift.

The Safe Place

After illuminating myths about mental illness in her church community, advocate Jasmin Pierre created “The Safe Place” app, where the African American community can access culturally inspired information and support.