Today we’d like to introduce you to Aareiona Womack.
Aareiona, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bowling Green State University last year, I decided to advocate and raise awareness for black mental health. I started creating safe and open spaces to pinpoint issues on certain mental health topics that get a lack of attention and what type of generational impact that has on society.
I decided to use my social media platform for an Instagram live series, “talk2metuesdays”. My audience/ followers of everyday people would come together to share different perspectives while connecting mentally on and being vulnerable on a culturally relevant level. The inspiration and motivation from my followers led me to relocate to the Baltimore area and find more opportunities to fulfill my passion in my field.
Being in Baltimore has allowed me to network with therapists and social workers in the field to learn more about how trauma and mental health has impacted the demographics in this particular area. I’ve had many opportunities to volunteer with NAMI to raise awareness and promote mental wellness.
I’ve also had the opportunity to guest speak on podcasts in the area to normalize mental health discussions and break the stigma in the black community. My current role as a PRP advocate and restorative coach gives me a chance to make a difference with the youth I connect with by teaching them social, and emotional learning in Baltimore City Schools.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
While continuing to push for mental wellness in a new city and building the foundation for my own brand, I can say it’s been a pretty smooth road thus far.
When people hear my story, they are usually impressed with how dedicated I am to fulfilling my passion and purpose. Everyone I have connected with has been very supportive and excited about what else I have in store for my upcoming mental health nonprofit.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Radical Self Wellness was created to feed individual well-being while building resiliency to defeat the odds and break the stigma on black mental health.
RSW also focuses on the fundamentals of breaking generational curses while prioritizing needs at the source during the healing journey. We strive to pinpoint issues of mental health while bringing awareness and understanding to how African American communities are being impacted every day.
We are notoriously known for our “Talk2MeTuesdays” Instagram live series where we invite friends, families, therapists, clinicians, artists, creatives, and entrepreneurs. etc to speak on our platform and participate in a facilitated discussion regarding mental wellness.
This fall we will be transitioning to a podcast platform and have the same flow with our guest speakers physically joining us. As an upcoming nonprofit, we have many things in stores like workshops/events, collaborations, wellness journals, affirmation cards, etc. to promote resources for therapy, self-care, motivation., and healing.
What would you say has been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
Stay open-minded. You never know what other people are going through, sometimes they just need a listening ear.
- Instagram: @Radical.selfwellness
- Twitter: @radicalselfwel
- Youtube: Radical Self Wellness
Apple Podcast: Radical Self Wellness
Spotify: Radical Self Wellness
NAMI Volunteers, 2TuffPodcast, GrindHardDreamBig Podcast, Livenotloathe, and Vibez Podcast