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Growing Differently, Growing Together

This post was written by Tesa Saulmon: https://tesasaulmon.com/2021/01/21/growing-differently-growing-together/

Abraham Sculley and Fani Rondon are both passionate mental health advocates who have been working together for over three years. They focus on promoting mental health awareness and eradicating the stigma associated with mental illness. Due to their different cultural and racial backgrounds, Abraham as a Black man and Fani as an Afro-Latina woman, bring a unique perspective to mental health education, mental health advocacy, and their romantic relationship.

In this interview, Abraham and Fani discuss:

  • What drove each of them to become mental health professionals
  • How their individual cultures affected their views on mental health while growing up
  • What stigmas and misunderstandings their individual cultures hold in regards to mental health
  • How to stay committed to your faith while experiencing mental illness and getting professional help
  • How faith, spirituality, and community affect mental health
  • The importance of equality in mental health care and access for BIPOC
  • How one person taking charge of their mental health can cause a ripple effect throughout their family and community
  • How to work through challenges around mental health and spiritual beliefs in a multi-cultural relationships
  • The importance of vulnerability and teamwork in relationships
  • Advice for couples in multi-cultural relationships
  • Advice for BIPOC individuals experiencing mental illness and seeking professional help

Episode Resources

  • Bible Verse: James 2:17 “…Faith by itself, if it does not result in action, is dead.”
  • Brené Brown


Abraham Sculley 

Fani Rondon 

Tesa Saulmon 

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