Depression and Mental Illness can impact people from all walks of life but it is often stigmatized within the Black community. Cultural roles and experiences can cause depression along with effects of mental illness to be expressed adversely, especially among black women. From chemical imbalances, trauma-induced depression and so on, silencing our hurt will not heal us. Freedom from suffering requires acceptance from deep within of what is. It is possible to stand up for yourself, your beliefs/opinions and follow your own wise mind. WELCOME!


About Me

I decided to start Beautiful Intellect as my outlet and space for African-American women who deal with depression and/or diagnosed with a mental disorder. I believe that we become so familiar with being the “strong black woman” that we lose our ability to connect with our being and in turn, our flaws/imperfections. I remember watching my favorite movie “Love Jones” and although Ms. Nia Long is an amazing actress, I also felt a connection with her zany, sexy friend “Josie”. Ms.Lisa Carson was in the media last year about her personal struggle with Bipolar Disorder. As I read her interview online, I was touched because her experience was similar to mine and I am certain many others.

Beautiful Intellect tackles the myth that we have to be pillars of strength 24/7. We have the right to take a break and tune in with ourselves before we can be a positive influence and/support for anyone else. We have to take our mental health as seriously as we do the physical. This forum will share my perspectives on the facts, myths and include information on coping skills . In the form of poetry, art or just notes of encouragement. I love writing and I have dealt with major depression, anxiety as well as being diagnosed with a disorder. The struggle is genuine so when you read with an open mind, understand that this is a NO JUDGEMENT ZONE. Abuse will not be tolerated here.

We need to break the silence that comes with having to deal with depression or being diagnosed with schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder and the list goes on. Practice acceptance and seeking a mental health professional is a first step. Next, try to find support groups online or in person.  Og Mandino wrote “Failure will never overtake you as long as your determination to succeed is strong enough” All the best in your journey to your best self.

“Wishing all beings at ease” Namaste.







This is a personal blog written & edited by Melanie Lawson with content focused on mental health. I write, as a young black woman: experiences, share facts & hope to provide inspiration and revelation on a topic that many are unaware of. I do not work with any other company or brand at the moment. All of the photos posted have been used from a  Google search on “Black Art”. If there are any questions, comments, see a site issue, brand or product recommendations, feel free to send an email to I look forward to learning and sharing with you all!



Get Help

There is absolutely no shame in asking for help.

If you feel like your life is getting out of control and/or overwhelming or you’re concerned about a loved one or even a friend, take some time to reach out.

If you or anyone you know is feeling suicidal, there are helplines to call and talk things through. There is also a text-to-talk nationwide service if anyone feels too anxious to chat over the phone.

At any time, if anyone is in danger please call 911 and ask for an ambulance. If possible, if you have a friend or loved one who is willing to transport you the ER, take the chance to speak to a licensed professional who is on call 24/7.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-373-8255 Text CONNECT to 74141 for a Crisis Counselor

Are you thinking about therapy? Group therapy and individual therapy can be extremely beneficial for someone suffering from depression, etc. You can search for therapists at your local mental health office or online. It is a great idea to “interview” a few therapists. It has to feel right for you. Having a connection with someone you will see often will make all the difference on the road to recovery and stability.phenomenal

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Feel free to send a message to if you are interested in sharing your story on my blog. It can range from good/bad days, love, pain. There are no rules, just your originality. You are not alone!