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Expected Fall 2022
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Some of you may recall The Expect Effect, a show that was created by combining my personal experiences with a desire for greater inclusion throughout this space. And while I was originally adamant about the messages shared, the style of our show, and the path I was on, something shifted, and as they say, nothing lasts forever, so in essence I began to grieve the show before it became a shell of its former self.

I was already in a state of confusion when all episodes were essentially wiped from our partner platforms, and this only added to it. I couldn't pinpoint the source of the problem. Maybe it was the weight of so many accumulated experiences that I couldn't shake. Relationship changes, family problems, and financial difficulties, all accompanied by depression, grief, and anxiety. In any case, my ideas, values, and principles were no longer directly aligned with the model that inspired our first build. Something more profound was bubbling up, something bigger than many of the surface-level conversations I had during the early stages of production.


So, what’s next? This. This is for the niggas. Strictly for the niggas. The real niggas. Those who, like me, live beyond the binary. Those who do not prioritize aspects of their identity, but instead choose to embrace themselves wholeheartedly. Those who recognize the subconscious violence that leads so many people to believe that in a world that frequently suppresses, everyone is capable of healing. For those who can and those who cannot live openly. Those who recognize that expecting better, doing better, and believing better leads to progress rather than perfection. Those who are still learning. With that said, I’ll leave with this; life is hard, but self-care and the true embrace of overall wellness does not have to be. Thank you to every single listener and guest who has contributed to this platform over the past three years; our first episode aired on 10/1/2019, and it has been an absolute ride ever since. I'm overjoyed with what's already been written, and this next chapter is truly something special. 

Until we meet again, 

itsjust - Nik

 

RESOURCES

Self-care isn’t selfish.

Start or continue your journey of expecting better, doing better, and believing better with the following list of mental health resources; all icons/logos are interactive.

*Please be aware that the following corporations/entities have not endorsed, sponsored, or agreed to any form of direct partnership. All of the resources listed are the result of my own research and desire to share information that can contribute to increased individual well-being.*

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988 SUICIDE & CRISIS LIFELINE

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.

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CRISIS TEXT LINE

Free 24/7 Support at your fingertips.

Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor

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TRANS LIFELINE

Trans Lifeline provides trans peer support for our community that’s been divested from police since day one. We’re run by and for trans people.

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CEREBRAL

Mental health meets online convenience

Meet with a telehealth prescriber or therapist who can diagnose and treat anxiety, depression, insomnia & ADHD with or without medication online. Your care team talks you through your treatment and offers psychological support with regular video or phone visits and unlimited messaging. If prescribed, your medication is discreetly packaged and delivered to your door each month.

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YOUPER

Expert care for anxiety and depression

Online therapy, video visits with doctors, and medications delivered to you. Start with an emotional assessment.

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BETTERHELP

Professional, licensed, and vetted therapists who you can trust

Our Mission: Making professional therapy accessible, affordable, and convenient — so anyone who struggles with life’s challenges can get help, anytime and anywhere.

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FIRST STATE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Helping You Build Inner Resilience.

We know that initiating counseling services for you or your child can be very challenging. However, please know that you are making a positive step towards a healthy change in your life. During the counseling process, together we will identify your strengths and use those strengths to help propel you in making the necessary changes you would like to make in your life. If you want to obtain support in dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, abuse, anger management, trauma, parenting assistance, divorce, or substance abuse,  we are here to help you navigate this process.

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MINDS EMPOWERED COUNSELING

Live Your Dreams Without Limitations

Minds Empowered Counseling Services was birthed from the passion to assist individuals with developing the life they deserve while addressing the pain and hurt of the past. We pride ourselves on being the light at the end of the tunnel for those who have felt trapped within their anxiety, depression, and trauma. We also welcome being the support at the beginning of your journey to self. Being empowered in this journey is brave and we are honored in that space. We are motivated to build our practice as a lighthouse to those living in darkness.

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THE TREVOR PROJECT

You deserve a welcoming, loving world.

And so do the people you care about. Here you can reach out to a counselor if you’re struggling, find answers and information, and get the tools you need to help someone else.

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THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR TRANSGENDER EQUALITY

Mission

The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice.

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THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH (NIMH)

Transforming the understanding
and treatment of mental illnesses.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders.

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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE

You're not alone. Confidential help is available for free.

1-800-662-HELP (4357)

NABH advocates for behavioral healthcare and represents provider systems that are committed to the delivery of responsive, accountable, and clinically effective prevention, treatment and care for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults with mental and substance use disorders.

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LGBTQ PSYCHOTHERAPISTS OF COLOR (QTOC)

Find an LGBTQ Of Color Psychotherapist

Sand Chang, Ph.D., Darlene A. Hall, Ph.D., and Shawna Sodersten, MFT founded LGBTQ Psychotherapists of Color (QTOC) in September, 2009. QTOC is a San Francisco/Bay Area grassroots, volunteer-led group providing support, networking, leadership development, and community building opportunities for LGBTQs of Color in Psychology, Social Work, and Counseling. Our members are students through professionals (licensed and unlicensed). We work in a variety of settings, including schools, nonprofit and community-based organizations, government, academia, hospitals and clinics, private practice, and consulting.

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STRONGHEARTS NATIVE HELPLINE

Domestic and Sexual Violence is Never Okay

1-844-7NATIVE (762-8483)
is a 24/7 safe, confidential and anonymous domestic, dating and sexual violence helpline for Native Americans and Alaska Natives, offering culturally-appropriate support and advocacy.

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SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ASSOCIATION

SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

Also visit the online treatment locator.

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BLACK VIRTUAL WELLNESS DIRECTORY

Find a Virtual Black therapist, doula, yoga teacher, mediator and much more. Start here.

The Black Virtual Wellness Directory is a resource. BEAM is not liable for care services rendered by providers in listings.
Are you a Black Wellness Practitioner? Add your listing for review here.
For Questions about the Black Virtual Wellness Directory, click here.

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CENTRE FOR INTERACTIVE MENTAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS

Free Online Therapy for Depression

Bliss is an 8 session interactive online therapy program for depression that you complete on your own. The program is based on psychotherapy treatment called cognitive behavioural therapy or CBT for short. CBT has been shown to be effective treatment for depression. The program is designed to teach you techniques that have been shown to be effective at improving your mood and mental health.

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PREVAIL WELLNESS

Smart wellness programs with a personal touch

Get online mental health support 24/7 with on-demand coaching, lessons, & more.