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A TikTok therapist who pleaded with Black men to seek therapy was let go from her job.
The therapist, Shabree Rawls, went viral after posting a TikTok video urging Black men to seek therapy and expand their "emotional vocabulary."
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In the video, Rawls uses tough love to urge Black men to seek help. Rawls specifically spoke to young Black men who were raised in single parent households.
Rawls told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she had no idea her video would cost her her job.
"I cannot fake it to you, I've sobbed about this," she told the AJC. "It hurt a lot ... it seemed like a lot of decisions were made at my expense and that happens to a lot of black women."
Rawls' video was in response to an article published on Psychology Today's website titled "The Rise of Lonely, Single Men."
"My intention was ... just go to therapy. There's no hidden agenda or ulterior motive," she said.
Rawls wasn't prepared for the backlash, which mostly came from Black men. Rawls said about 90% of her patients are Black males.
"For my first love, which is the black man, to attack me - it just felt like I experienced whiplash from both sides. As a black woman, I hold them close to my heart. It's who we are. To be attacked by black men hurt even worse. I've dedicated my life to healing our community, but at the same time I'm being attacked by the same faces."
Rawls is searching for another job. In the meantime, she is launching a podcast to reach a wider audience of Black men.
"A podcast is coming," she told the AJC. "I realize that maybe I'm not supposed to heal just one-on-one, I'm supposed to heal to a bigger crowd."
Bella Hadid shared a series of tearful Instagram photos on Tuesday, as she urged her followers to seek help for their mental health.
The supermodel explained that she cries nearly "everyday" and "every night" to relieve her stress.
Bella has been candid in the past about her struggles with depression and anxiety. She reminded her followers that social media shouldn't be their obsession.
"For anyone struggling, please remember that. Sometimes all you've gotta hear is that you're not alone. So from me to you, you're not alone. I love you, I see you, and I hear you."
The 25-year-old model and influencer compared chemical imbalances in the brain to a roller coaster ride with "ups and downs" that eventually come to a complete stop.
"There is always light at the end of the tunnel, and the rollercoaster always comes to a complete stop at some point... [but] it does get better."
She wrote that she's had "enough breakdowns and burnouts"
"[I]f you work hard enough on yourself, spending time alone to understand your traumas, triggers, joys, and routine, you will always be able to understand or learn more about your own pain and how to handle it. Which is all that you can ask of yourself."
Bella is among millions of people who cry daily to relieve stress. Experts say shedding tears cleanses us mentally and is good for our bodies.
A club in Japan is dedicated to daily crying, called "Rui Katsu," which translates to "tear activity."
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Researchers say crying releases a neurochemical in the brain that relieves stress and helps the body get rid of cortisol, aka the stress hormone. Crying also helps the body to rest and digest food better.
A growing number of schools and companies in Japan encourage their students and employees to cry daily as a way of relieving stress and improving mental health.
A body pulled out of a river has been positively identified as missing Illinois State University grad student Jelani "JJ" Day.
Police believe Jelani jumped from the Route 251 Bridge in Peru, not far from where his Chrysler 300 was found abandoned in a wooded area.
The body was discovered floating near the south bank of the Illinois River on Sept. 4, according to authorities.
On Friday, Sept. 17, the medical examiner confirmed Jelani's identity using dental records and DNA tests.
Jelani, a 25-year-old graduate student studying to be a speech pathologist, was reported missing on August 24. His family last heard from him on the evening of Monday, August 23.
Security footage showed Jelani wearing a black Jimi Hendrix Band T-shirt outside a cannabis store in Bloomington around 9:12 a.m. on August 24.
The clothing Jelani wore outside the cannabis store were found neatly folded in his car.
Police do not suspect foul play in Jelani's death.
The suicide rate among Black males has soared 90% since the Covid-19 lockdowns in 2020.
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Rihanna has revealed her ideal romantic night in bed with Metrosexual boyfriend A$AP Rocky.
The 33-year-old beauty mogul and semi-retired singer opened up about her relationship with the 32-year-old rapper.
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Asked what turns her on, Rihanna told E! News' Daily Pop: "I like incense, weed, cologne and a little bit of hard work."
The "Diamond" singer admitted she struggled on lockdown during the pandemic while alone with her thoughts.
She said the Covid lockdown was "tough" on her mentally because she wasn't used to being alone. "It was tough. Tough for everyone — mentally, especially. The world wasn't making sense."
She told Vogue magazine:
"I was able to be still for a long time. Inspiration finally came when I remembered the little things that I love to do, the simple things that make me happy: grocery shopping, taking walks, going on bike rides, cooking.
"Those little things that I'm trying to incorporate into my lifestyle now that the outside is opening up again and we're about to get right back into what things used to look like. I'm trying to make sure that I still keep those things in my life."
When it comes to her own self-confidence, Rihanna said:
"I make a point to be present, I look at what's around me, who is around me.
"And then I'm just grateful for those things; grateful for the moment. I think about how far I've come. And how much worse it could be — I could have missed all of this."
However, there are still days when she doesn't feel so confident, and she has a tip for those days.
"Pretend. Just pretend, girl. You have your days where you do and your days where you don't, but push through, just be sure. You belong here, you're sexy. Own your sh*t."
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Gymnast Simone Biles will return to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, Aug. 3, after making headlines for quitting due to the "twisties."
The 24-year-old star was heavily criticized for abandoning her teammates after she landed awkwardly on the vault during the team finals and claimed she quit due to mental health issues.
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The balance beam is Simone's last chance to win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics - USA Gymnastics officials confirmed on Twitter on Monday: "We are so excited to confirm that you will see two U.S. athletes in the balance beam final tomorrow - Suni Lee AND Simone Biles!! Can't wait to watch you both!"
Simone previously won bronze on the beam at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Explaining her decision to pull out of the events earlier in the Tokyo tournament, Simone revealed that she has been suffering from the "twisties" - which many gymnasts describe as a form of mental block that stems from disorientation during tumbles and somersaults.
Her error resulted in a low score of 13.766 for the team, opening the door for Russia to win the gold.
Team USA fans complained that Biles is a narcissist who spends more time taking Instagram photos with her boyfriend, NFL player Jonathan Owens, than she does practicing for the Olympics.
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Sunisa "Suni" Lee, from Saint Paul, Minnesota, won a gold medal during the all-around final on July 29, recording the highest uneven bars score of the day. She is the first Hmong-American to win an Olympic gold medal.
After Simone dropped out, Suni, 18, scored 15.400 (tying the highest mark of the competition), and helped Team USA win silver behind the Russians.
Naomi Osaka, who is ranked No. 2 in the world, was upset by world No. 14 Marketa Vondrousova at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Tuesday.
Osaka was beaten in straight sets 6-1, 6-4 in her home nation of Japan. The Olympics was Osaka's first tournament since withdrawing from the French Open and Wimbledon earlier this year.
She was criticized for avoiding the news media over concerns for her own mental health.
Osaka, 23, made headlines when she declined to speak to the press at the French Open. She was fined $15,000 and pulled out of the French Open in June.
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Osaka ended her boycott by speaking to the media after she arrived at the Olympic Games. She also spoke to the media after her upset loss to Vondrousova.
"I feel like I should be used to (the pressure) by now. But at the same time, the scale of everything has been a bit hard because of the break that I took. I am glad I didn't lose in the first round at least."
When a Japanese journalist asked, "How do you feel?" Osaka fought back tears, then left Ariake Tennis Park, accompanied by her agent.
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Osaka is pictured at the 2021 ESPY Awards in NYC on July 10.
Osaka played down predictions that she would easily win her first Olympic gold medal.
"Well you know, definitely it would mean a lot for me to win gold here but I know it's a process," she said.
"You know, these are the best players in the world and I honestly haven't played in a while so I'm trying to keep it one match at a time. All in all, I'm just really happy to be here."
Shawn Mendes hates yelling at his submissive girlfriend, Camila Cabello, because she "shrinks" whenever he raises his voice.
The 22-year-old pop singer fears his relationship with Camila will become abusive.
The Canadian star admits he often checks himself when he and the 24-year-old Cuban singer have a falling out, and he hates the way he makes her feel.
"I raised my voice at her and she was like, 'I don't like it when you raise your voice. Why did you raise your voice?'" he told the Man Enough podcast.
"I got so defensive. I was like, 'I wasn't raising my voice at you!' And I did raise my voice at her. And I felt her shrink and I felt me grow and I was like, 'Oh God, this is the worst'. I'm so terrified of being evil. I'm so scared to be bad."
Shawn says his insecurity causes him to lash out at the former Fifth Harmony member, and he fears he will lose her if he doesn't seek help for his undiagnosed mental health issues.
"Maybe there even is bad inside of me, and I have to just accept that that exists, and that other part of me, he's just got to be here and we've just got to work together until eventually he gets worked in all of the trauma and all of the kinks get rubbed out of him and he's OK. But I can't avoid the fact that there's a little bit of darkness inside of me and letting that darkness kind of be present is a horrible feeling."
Shawn recalls how Camila helps him with his anxiety and mental health issues, and now admits she also comforts him after he loses his temper.
"She comforted me, and then it took me, like, 20 minutes of us separately reading our books to be able to come back to her and be like, 'God, that was a whole thing and I'm really sorry.'"
Shawn is desperate to rid himself of his demons, because a submissive woman like Camila is hard to find.
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Young M.A checked herself into a drug and alcohol abuse facility for treatment of alcohol and opioid abuse and mental health problems, sources say.
Friends say Young M.A, real name Katorah Marrero, admitted herself into rehab after feeling suicidal. She made the announcement on her Instagram page over the weekend.
"Bouta lose this addiction.. [on my way] to rehab," she wrote.
The 29-year-old Brooklyn native is best known for her viral hit single "Ooouuu", which garnered over 360 million views on YouTube.
The male-identified rapper was nominated for BET and MTV Artist of the Year and Female Hip-Hop Artist of the Year awards.
In 2018, Young M.A was featured on the Forbes 30 Under 30, and she received a proclamation from New York City.
However, Young M.A suffered from mental health issues, including depression and anxiety.
"I deal with that - deal with anxiety and depression," she said. "A lot of people may not know that. It's not always glitter and gold. It's a lot," she said in a livestream interview with XXL magazine during the Covid lockdown.
She said her immediate family has a history of mental health problems, and she believes in "self healing".
"I don't believe in, like... a therapist, I done had that, like I've had therapy. It just never worked for me."
People in the LGBT+ community are 50% more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and substance abuse than heterosexuals.
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Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open after she was fined $15,000 and threatened with disqualification for refusing to take part in a press conferences.
The 23-year-old tennis champ, who plays for Japan, was a no-show during her post-match press conference on Sunday, May 30, after defeating Romania's Patricia Maria Tig.
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Tournament officials at Roland Garros threatened Naomi and warned her that higher fines and a possible suspension could be issued if she refused to speak to the press.
Osaka made headlines last week when she issued a statement saying she would skip post-match press conferences at the French Open, citing mental health concerns.
"I've often felt that people have no regard for athletes mental health and this rings very true whenever I see a press conference or partake in one.
"We're often sat there and asked questions that we've been asked multiple times before or asked questions that bring doubt into our minds and I'm just not going to subject myself to people that doubt me."
And in an email to French Open officials Naomi insisted her actions are "100 percent nothing against the French Open or even the press members themselves."
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In a statement posted on social media on Sunday, the world's No. 2 women's tennis player wrote:
"Hey everyone, this isn't a situation I ever imagined or intended when I posted a few days ago. I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris.
"I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer. More importantly I would never trivialize mental health or use the term lightly. The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that."
Tournament bosses released a statement that read: "We have advised Naomi Osaka that should she continue to ignore her media obligations, she would be exposing herself to possible further code of conduct infringement consequences."
Officials said "repeat violations" could result in "tougher sanctions including default from the tournament and the trigger of a major offense investigation that could lead to more substantial fines and future Grand Slam suspensions."
Naomi was scheduled to play against Romania's Ana Bogdan during the French Open on Wednesday.
Naomi Osaka plans to skip press conferences at the upcoming French Open, citing mental health of the athletes.
In a lengthy social media post, Naomi said some sports reporters disregard the mental health of players after a tough loss.
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Naomi said she will skip press conferences and pay the hefty fines ($20,000), which she hopes will go towards a mental health charity.
"Hey everyone -
Hope you're all doing well, I'm writing this to say I'm not going to do any press during Roland Garros. I've often felt that people have no regard for athletes mental health and this rings true whenever I see a press conference or partake in one.
We're often sat there and asked questions that we've been asked multiple times before or asked questions that bring doubt into our minds and I'm just not going to subject myself to people that doubt me. I've watched many clips of athletes breaking down after a loss in the press room and I know you have as well.
I believe that whole situation is kicking a person while they're down and I don't understand the reasoning behind it. Me not doing press is nothing personal to the tournament and a couple journalists have interviewed me since I was young so I have a friendly relationship with most of them.
However, if the organizations think that they can just keep saying, 'do press or you're gonna be fined,' and continue to ignore the mental health of the athletes that are the centerpiece of their cooperation then I just gotta laugh.
Anyways, I hope the considerable amount that I get fined for this will go towards a mental health charity.
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