DEMYSTIFYING MENTAL WELLNESS IN THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY part 2 with shawna marie aarons cooke on carry on friends podcast

Ep 79: Demystifying Mental Wellness in the Caribbean Community (Part 1)

Shawna Marie Aarons-Cooke, LCSW is a psychotherapist and healer on a mission empower souls worldwide to experience mental health, wellness and fulfillment in all aspects of life. She is the Founder and CEO of Healing Truth Center, as well as the Director for Mental Health Programs at The Guidance Center of Westchester.

Shawna Marie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Mass Communications and Public Relations from Boston University in addition to ordinations from the Center for Holistic Living and the Church of the Holy Spirit United Divine Science Seminary.

In this first installation of a two-part episode, Shawna Marie who knows of the stigma of mental wellness in the Caribbean Community begins to demystify mental wellness and explains:

  • How “modeling” and the “messaging” we’ve learnt from our surroundings is a major reason that causes us to look at mental wellness as a weakness or unfavorably.
  • The shift to whole health.
  • How our perception of mental wellness may cause us to not recognize when we need or the people around us need professional support.

Got questions? Send a message to Shawna Marie here.

Additional Resource

  1. Check out – To find therapists in New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut, Boston, Rhode Island, Chicago and Seattle.
  2. Read 6 Steps to Finding a Great Therapist of Color.

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Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown is Founder & host of Carry On Friends one of the first podcasts dedicated to the Caribbean American Experience. She is leading the way for Caribbean Podcast as the founder of Breadfruit Media, the first Caribbean podcast production company; and founder of the Caribbean Podcast Directory a place to discover podcasts by people of Caribbean Heritage.