Meet The CEO
+ DaShunnda Hayward-White
My journey to mental wellness began in late 2017. At the time, I was Miss Virginia State University and a new member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. I was (and still am) extremely grateful for these two life-changing opportunities; however, I was extremely unhappy and struggled with high-functioning depression and anxiety. I could never really pinpoint where exactly those feelings came from but I knew what I was struggling and needed help. I promised myself self that I would seek professional help starting in January of 2018 and that’s what I did. To this day, it’s one of the best decisions I have ever made.
I didn’t know it then, but 2018 was the year I truly started to walk in my purpose. From the moment I finished my first therapy session, I knew that I wanted to create a community for women with the same experiences as me. I knew that I wanted to be a resource for others.
Navigating my own mental health has definitely not been easy and I still have challenges with anxiety, imposter syndrome & opening up about my past experiences. With each therapy session, the desire to find more ways to pour into myself, and encourage others to do the same, grew each day.
“For My Sister” was created for me. For those who look like me. And those who experience similar challenges. It is to create space for Black women. To laugh. To cry. To celebrate. And to just be. Sometimes it helps to not be the employee, the mother, sister, or friend.
In this community, we get to put ourselves first. We can come as we are but will leave educated on how to prioritize ourselves and our mental health.