Saddie Baddies - A Virtual Hug & A Safe Space for WOC
I stand behind and am well aware of the importance of mental health, especially in the black community. Therapy, depression, and most other mental health issues have been shunned for decades but now, more than ever, it is being brought to the light and the forefront of conversations. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Nothing makes me happier than seeing a black woman, especially someone I know personally, creating a safe space to educate women on the wide variety of mental health issues, while also making them feel comfortable to talk about what they go through, have been through, as well as self-care routines and more. This is exactly what Priscilla Agyeman is doing with her blog, Saddie Baddies. Every week when I see the neutral browns colored logo, I’m excited to see what I’ll be learning that may be new to me. Let’s discuss how it all came about!
Priscilla has an educational background in both Bio and Public Health, so she’s been caring about the world and the people in it for many years now. In 2017, Priscilla started going to therapy after dealing with depression as well as anxiety. She began to realize the steps she needed to take to get to a better state of mind were much bigger than herself. Coming from a very religious Ghanaian family, she was taught to be strong, hardworking, and pray often. All of these things are extremely important and have helped Priscilla become the unstoppable woman she is today, but sometimes they aren’t enough. They won’t change the fact that therapy can be very necessary. We both agreed everyone should take the time to speak with a therapist once in their lifetime. I went when to therapy when I was in high school and definitely have considered going back as an adult. It’s great to have people in your circle who you’re able to vent to, but they will always have a biased opinion because they know and care about you. A therapist doesn’t know you on a personal level when your sessions first begin so they’re able to provide you with honesty, constructive criticism, as well as possible solutions and coping mechanisms to deal with your issues.
For a year and a half, Priscilla worked at a hospital, in the psych ward, where she constantly observed the interactions between patients and doctors and wasn’t pleased with what she witnessed. It was extremely impersonal, which made her uncomfortable because she wholeheartedly believed the patients should be treated as if they are genuinely cared for. She knew right then and there that change needed to happen. Priscilla is a solution-based person and while learning to take care of her mental health, she began meditating, changing her eating habits, and more. Therapy was a process but ended up being her own personal healing journey.
What’s a Saddie Baddie? She is any woman who is dealing with/has dealt with any of the many mental health issues, and is willing and able to acknowledge it while working on ways to process her feelings. Some women have to take medication for these issues and there’s no judgement at all. Everyone is different, the severity levels have a wide range, and that’s perfectly fine. I love and live for every single thing Saddie Baddies stands for. The name is so real, while also being super cute and catchy. It came about one day while Priscilla was at work. It was March of 2019, right before Daylights Savings Time, when she came across a tweet about seasonal depression slowly but surely coming to an end and it resonated so much with her life. While in college, randomly Priscilla’s friends nicknamed her “Baddie P.”, having many birthday cakes with it written. She tweeted about it finally being the time for “Saddie Baddies” to shine but then quickly thought about it, realizing this was the perfect name and time to start her blog, a safe space for young WOC to learn, discuss, and destigmatize mental health in our community.
Priscilla didn’t want Saddie Baddies to be comparable to the many other mental health/self-care blogs we see on social media who are overly positive. For some people dealing with any of the issues surrounding mental health, forcing yourself to be in good spirits every single day, even on your not-so-great days, can be extremely troublesome. She wanted to change the stigma and for it to be recognized that we are not perfect and that’s okay. Every week I’m learning more in-depth details on mental health issues, some I have merely heard about once or twice in my life and ones I have dealt with personally. You can literally feel Priscilla’s passion for these topics. Saddie Baddies helps women feel like they can and should get help, if necessary. Wednesday’s we get mid-week check-ups, reminding us to get check-in with ourselves to make sure we’re doing well and if not, how should we work on it? Saddie Baddies Instastories is always full of fun exercises, as pictured above, that I always try to do. It’s been almost two months since Saddie Baddies first came about and the support it has already gotten is through the roof! I’m beyond happy for Priscilla, extremely proud of her for being courageous, and thankful to call her a friend! What she’s doing is admirable and helping to shift the culture in a positive light.
Below you’ll find the links for Saddie Baddies social media accounts, make sure you tune in and follow along the journey!