Welcome… #thisiswhatdepressionlookslike

This is my first official post on my Blog and i’m excited, and a bit nervous. For those who don’t know, I’m Erika Starr. I recently created what I call a Campaign called ” #thisiswhatdepressionlookslike”. This is for everyone. This is for people that suffers from depression and other mental issues but still have to live life. We often can’t focus on our mental and emotional issues because we still have to go to school, go to work, take care of our kids etc. This is your opportunity to share your story and meet others that have similar issues that you may be going through. My goal is for all of you to know that you’re not the only one going through what you’re going through and you always have someone to talk to. My blog will post your stories as well as my Facebook Page ( This is what Depression Looks Like) . The FB page is where you can provide feedback, encouragement for others, as well as suggestions for others. I’ll be taking stories, Pictures, suggestions for meet & greets, etc for the next few months. Lets change lives together. #thisiswhatdepressionlookslike

Mental Health Awareness Questions (Jacob T.)

The last week of mental health awareness was really tough for me so I wasn’t able to post this questionnaire. I want to post so we can have the opportunity to tell the story just like everyone else has.. Enjoy family #thisiswhatdepressionlookslike” -Erika Star

1. How old were you when you realized mental health was a thing?

⁃ Early-mid 20s

2. Did your parents have any mental issues from your knowledge?

⁃ I went to therapy when I was around 10 because my parents were going through a divorce.

3. If so, how was it growing up ?

⁃ I was fine honestly

4. What hobbies do you practice to keep your mental in tact?

⁃ Going for walks, watching wrestling, playing video games, engaging with friends, watch ASMR videos.

5. What does mental health awareness mean to you?

⁃ Mental health is very important to me. People don’t realize the long term effects. I was bullied growing up and that’s when my anxiety started. It’s created a fear in men (which is why most of my friends are females) and I grew up being shy and lonely. This caused me to be scared of life in general. Basically little things can lead to bigger things that can lead to serious health issues.

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To my blog readers…

“ I’m a black woman. In more detail, I’m a fat, gap-tooth, glasses- wearing black woman. Life was never easy for me. I was always teased for being me. I hated growing up but I never hated being the person that I am. I never hated being a black woman. When I see kids and even adults not proud of being black I’m often hurt by it. Mainly because I could never know what that type of hate towards myself would feel like. When I see other people that hate us, black people, it doesn’t bother me anymore. I’m pretty numb to it at this point. It’s just sad because I know you were raised to be this way. What’s even sadder? You’re going to raise your children the same way. You know what’s the saddest thing about this? You hate others because of your own insecurities and lack of intelligence. You choose to be ignorant because you don’t want to be better than your parents . You’re scared that the truth will make your parents or whoever raised you look like the bad person that they are. You’re scary. And I’m not afraid. I was raised to be strong and you were raised to be weak. My people had nothing but loved being themselves. Your people had everything and still needed my people to feel complete. We’re not the same. I use to want to be equals but in all reality, I just want peace….. to the POC that don’t like my people, that’s unfortunate. You’re in the same boat as us. I was never raised to hate and don’t know many if any black people that were raised in that light . We’re the most hated yet most forgiving people on this planet. I hope reading this let you know that I have no hate in my heart for anyone. I’m going to love being me regardless how you feel. Just know that I’m always going to be me and if you have a problem with it then you should probably remove me out of your life. I hope you educate yourself and not put your children in a situation where they will come off as hateful and ignorant. We as people have to do better then our parents. It’s not disrespectful to them ,it’s healing for us.” – Erika Starr, Founder of #thisiswhatdepressionlookslike

#Blacklivesmatter #Blackwomenmatter

PS: Anybody that takes offense to my post I assume that there’s hate in your heart like I discussed. If you’re not the person that I discuss in this post there’s no reason why you should be upset by anything that was said. I had a lot on my mind and I needed to express it.

Blog Update

Hello everyone. I’m posting in the middle of the night because I cannot sleep. Police brutality needs to stop. Innocent black people are being killed every single day. It’s scary to think that every time a story like this comes out, A lot of people don’t see the harm in it. No matter what we do, we’re constantly being attacked and killed like we’re animals. We can’t even jog in our own neighborhood, shop at our local stores, or even live in the comfort of our own home without being attacked and murdered. We are constantly being micromanaged on how we handle things and try to get justice. We try to kneel down and peacefully protest for a few years and was constantly criticized. Nothing has changed since that has happened and we are really angry about it. Now we fight. For any protesters, people that are donating, and people that are advocating on social media I would like to say thank you. Thank you for not only standing up for what you believe in, thank you for standing up for what’s right. I made an audio updating the status of my blog and the mental health awareness post that I have left. I promise I will get my last few out in the next couple of days. I hope that you understand that this time is not easy for me. I’m still trying to heal from everything that’s been going on. Thank you for your patience and be safe. All lives can’t matter if black lives don’t. #thisiswhatdepressionlookslike

Mental Health Awareness interview with Semaj & Draya (Black Ink Chicago) Part 1

Hello guys! My brother interview Draya from Black ink Chicago using our mental health awareness questionnaire! He also answered the questions. I really enjoyed this. Here’s the first part. I’ll upload the rest once the website allows me to haha ❤️ #thisiswhatdepressionlookslike

Part One.

Mental Health Awareness Questions (Jaleesa)

1. How old were you when you realized mental health was a thing?

⁃ I was probably about 11

2. Did your parents have any mental issues from your knowledge?

⁃ As far as my dad no…but my mother was sent to a mental hospital at the age of 9.

3. If so, how was it growing up ?

⁃ I was mostly raised by my grandmother, my parents were around but….not full time parents.

4. What hobbies do you practice to keep your mental in tact?

⁃ Smoke weed, meditate, listen to music, make sure I take a mental day when needed, meditate in the shower is one of the best ways for.myself to mentally cleanse.

5. What does mental health awareness mean to you?

⁃ Mental health awareness to me is, knowing it’s ok if you’re not ok. Awareness is knowing when you’re coming to a tipping point in your mental health and sought out ways to try and stay afloat if possible.

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