In February, as we observe Black History Month, we encourage everyone to reflect not only on the history and contributions of African Americans but also on the mental health challenges they have faced and continue to face. Let’s highlight not just their community’s advancements, cultural richness, and diverse accomplishments, but also foster conversations about resilience, healing, and the importance of mental well-being within the African American community.
As part of our commitment to raising awareness, we celebrate and honor African American mental health advocates. These changemakers inspire us by making a positive impact, providing assistance, and supporting those in need. Changemakers are active Crisis Text Line volunteers who take initiative within their community by consistently supporting our texters and passionately advocating for mental health to make the world a better place each day. This month we’re honoring Chasity Rogers, an advocate for change who brings awareness to the Black community, those in crisis, and anyone else who may be in need of someone to talk to. We recently had an opportunity to chat with Chasity to learn more about her.
- How did you first hear about Crisis Text Line?
I first learned about Crisis Text Line while looking for volunteer opportunities to help others in my free time.
- Why did you decide to volunteer with Crisis Text Line?
I decided to volunteer with Crisis Text Line because I love helping people and finding resources that are beneficial. I wanted to make more of an impact on the community and I wanted an opportunity to continue to help others the way I have for the last 20 years advocating for individuals in crisis. I have spent the majority of my career advocating for people, whether it’s domestic violence survivors, children in foster care or crime victims in general.
- Why is Black History Month so important to you?
Black History Month is extremely important to me because it is an opportunity to spotlight and celebrate the achievements that African Americans have accomplished in this country, despite the history of racism and oppression.
- Besides volunteering with us, how do you impact the community around you as it pertains to Black History Month and mental health?
I continue to impact the community around me by volunteering for different agencies and organizations as well as just showing up and being there to help others.
- Who inspires you?
The one person that inspires me most is my mother. She is the one who has always supported and motivated me to achieve my goals. Through it all she has been there, even through her toughest times. She taught me to see dreams and inspired me to achieve them through any circumstances.
Join a community of empathy and support, and help those around you by becoming a Volunteer Crisis Counselor today. Prefer to support in other ways? Consider donating to Crisis Text Line instead – donate here.
While Black History Month can be a time of celebration and reflection, it can also bring up difficult emotions for many. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or struggling during this month, please remember that you are not alone. If you find yourself experiencing difficult emotions, consider reaching out to a volunteer Crisis Counselor, like Chasity, by texting CONNECT to 741741 or by starting a web chat here. We are here to support you 24/7.
Education is a Powerful Tool -Let’s Learn More about Black History Month Together
Education is a lifelong pursuit. It’s important that we seek knowledge in diverse areas, and expand our understanding of the world in order to deepen our connection with others. Whether through conversations or experiences – every opportunity to learn is a chance to broaden your perspective.
As we celebrate Black History Month, we also recognize the challenges that the Black community still faces. Crisis Text Line is here — to provide support and resources for those in the Black community who may be going through a difficult time. Based on our optional post-conversation survey completed by approximately 20% of texters, we can see that we serve a young, racially and ethnically diverse texter population. According to Crisis Text Line’s United in Empathy Report, two out of every three texters who took this survey were 24 years old or younger and 46% identified as BIPOC.
What is Black History Month?
Black History Month is an annual holiday celebrated in February in honor of achievements by Black Americans throughout history. The story behind Black History Month begins in the early 1910’s and 1920’s – it was created by Carter G. Woodson and Minister Jesse E. Moorland.
What is the Importance of Celebrating Black History Month?
Black History Month is an opportunity to spotlight and celebrate the achievements that African Americans have accomplished in the United States, despite a history of racism and oppression. It’s a month-long celebration of key figures in the Black community – the heroes and pioneers who helped shape history.
It allows us to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of Black business leaders, poets, musicians, scientists, philanthropists, and artists.
Every Day Empowerment
Discover the power of these affirmations and impactful quotes by Black leaders that highlight the richness of Black History, and empower Americans every day. Embrace these quotes as tools to cultivate mental health, self-belief, resilience, and a positive perspective. Allow these words of wisdom to serve as reminders of your strength, potential, and the limitless possibilities that each day holds.
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
—Harriet Tubman, American abolitionist
“Just don’t give up what you’re trying to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”
—Ella Fitzgerald, American Jazz Singer
“Don’t be afraid to go outside the box. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Don’t be afraid to fail big, to dream big, but remember, dreams without goals are just dreams.”- Denzel Washington, American Actor
Celebrate the progress you make on your journey every day – during Black History Month and every month. Acknowledge every win, as they collectively shape the narrative of your life. Cultivate a spirit of gratitude for the lessons learned, relationships formed, and the strength gained from overcoming obstacles.
Remember – if you ever need support – we are here for you. Text CONNECT to 741741 to reach a live volunteer Crisis Counselor. Or if you are interested in making a difference in someone’s life, join our volunteer community today.