NERDS RULE INC'S "FIX YA CROWN"PODCAST - My Story.... My Legacy with Special Guest Raven Nicole
Raven Nicole_ is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Psychology and Sociology and a concentration in Law and Cognitive Science. She recently received a degree in MS Clinical Mental Health Counseling! According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 19.1% of adults in the United States have experienced some form of mental illness (NAMI, 2018). This number in a simpler form is representative of one in five adults. Like the 47.6 million people in the United States that have experienced mental illness, living with mental illness has been a part of her reality since the age of 14.
In response to this diagnosis, she has worked tirelessly over the years to ensure that the young women she encountered were supported, loved and encouraged. Raven had a vision and executed a plan to address mental health challenges via dance to young ladies that were not open to traditional therapeutic techniques and interventions. Her work is much needed in communities that are plagued by stigma and limited healthcare resources. Through her non-profit organization, Motiv8 Incorporated, and her for-profit company, Mindfulness Movement, Raven has helped to spread awareness to minority communities about their mental wellness while also positioning many students to go further in their pursuit of professional artistry. By hosting dance and wellness sessions to connect the dots with mental health, she has displayed a desire to help those in need; especially the next generation.
Raven is well on her way to shifting the narrative of mental health in the Black community. By providing a unique movement experience that promotes emotional, social, cognitive and physical integration for the purpose of improving health and fitness while tackling the issue of self-care and mental health, she is helping the 16% of Black America that had a diagnosable mental illness in the past year. She is currently certified in The Science of Well-Being (Yale University), Healing With the Arts (University of Florida), Mental Health Management During Covid-19 (University of Toronto), Mindfulness Coaching (New Skills Academy), Reiki (Udemy), and Registered Yoga Instruction.