Managing Anxiety in the Storm

I am the reigning Mrs. Black Maryland International Ambassador 2020/2021!

As Mrs. Black Maryland International Ambassador, I am dedicated to erasing the stigma and improving awareness of mental health, especially in the black community!

My platform is titled Managing Anxiety in the Storm. Why anxiety? In my professional opinion, anxiety is a silent, invisible but significant problem in our community, especially after the tragic events of 2020!

Anxiety and other mental health disorders do not discriminate and have directly or indirectly impacted us all, especially in the year 2020.

 

  • Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.

 

  • Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.

 

  • People with an anxiety disorder are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders.

 

  • Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.

 

  • Anxiety often goes hand and hand with depression.

 

  • More than 1 in 3 Americans reported symptoms of anxiety or depression in a recent pulse survey by the U.S. Census Bureau. A year ago, that figure was 1 in 10 (NPR, 2020).

As Mrs. Black Maryland International Ambassador 2020, I have worked diligently to raise awareness by serving the community in various ways listed below:

  1. Conducted an Interactive mental health webinar on Charles county matters on how to protect your mental health during COVID-19. 3/23/20.

  2. Conducted a mental health PSA for Janell Martin Reality on keeping a positive attitude during COVID-19 3/24/20.

  3. Led a virtual workshop on self-esteem and beauty for the young ladies of Phenomenal Young Women. March 2020.

  4. Hosted a virtual read along for the students of Stanton Elementary School on anti-bullying. April 2020.

  5. Made masks and donated them to frontline and health care workers in the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. March-June 2020.

  6. Read the book I authored “The Germ: How to Talk to Children about Racism and Diversity”  to the children of Jack and Jill of America during their “Bedtime Stories” program. June 2020.

  7. Served a panelist for the Durham (North Carolina) Aggie Club’s mental health symposium on managing children’s and families mental health during the quarantine of COVID-19. Summer 2020.

  8. Served as a panelist for the Solid Rock Missionary Baptist Church (Harrisburg, PA) mental health symposium on coping through COVID-19. Summer 2020.

  9. Created and presented a workshop on self-care and coping through COVID-19 to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated Alpha Mu Initiates. Summer 2020. 

  10. Created and hosted an 8-week video podcast series on Instagram and YouTube titled “Managing Anxiety in the Storm”. With that program, I interviewed mental health experts and community leaders from the East Coast to the West coast on mental health topics pertinent to today. Some of the highlights included how to manage children’s mental health during COVID, how to use certain forms of dance as a coping mechanism while quarantined, and how to love a partner/spouse with a mental illness. Summer 2020.

  11. Created a weekly short video series titled “Your Mental Health Check-In”, which provided fast facts and tips for improving mental health and coping skills during these times.

  12. Read to hospitalized children virtually through the “Reading with Royalty” program. September 2020. 

  13. Created and hosted an Instagram Live workshop along with Ms. Keaira G. Turner, Miss Black South East International Ambassador 2020 on women’s empowerment in a program titled “Queens fix their own Crowns”.

  14. Created and hosted a workshop for the Society of Pageant Women titled “The Crown Within”, which focused on the psychology behind pageantry. **Upcoming in December 2020**

  15. Presented research on “How African Americans are Resilient and Coping with the Impact of COVID-19 and Why African American’s tend to distrust Public Health” for the Maryland Counseling Association’s annual conference. October 2020.

  16. Presented a workshop on “Racial Respect” for the Child Welfare Academy. **Upcoming in  November, 2020**.

It is an exciting time in my life as I pursue the Mrs. Black International Ambassador title! Some might ask why I chose pageantry. I believe that there are many ways to have a voice and make an impact in this world. Pageantry allows me to use my voice in a way that will help others as I promote my platform of mental health awareness. 

The Mrs. Black International Ambassador Pageant will be in June of 2021. We will be sailing to the Caribbean to provide community service and have our preliminary pageant competition at sea. The final pageant competition will take place in Miami, Florida. 

How Can You Support Me?

 

Please support my efforts by visiting https://www.thembiapageant.com/

Donations of any amount are welcome and can be paid to

paypal.me/SheabellaMommy 

Please consider being a sponsor by advertising your business in the MBIA pageant souvenir book. I will include your business logo and contact information for a donation of $50.00.

Please email me directly (deidra.sorrell@gmail.com) for more information or donate directly. 

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