Rachel Aliyah is a multifaceted artist, writer, and advocate for mental health in Jamaica. Rachel seeks to inspire others to learn how to heal themselves by using their natural talents and the resources around them to become their best selves. She is a conduit for creative expression through writing, poetry, painting, and sculpture and seeks to change the stigma surrounding mental health for people of colour. Rachel is a 2019 Summer Writing Intern at Witted Roots
Generational Trauma: The Unseen Something Inherited Through Generations
Of all the things that we could possibly inherit from our families, generational trauma is unfortunately something that could be one of them. When we think of trauma, we think of negative experiences that may occur during, but not exclusive...
A Dream Deferred And Its Effects On Your Mental Health
“Your entire life could be ripping apart at the seams, and unfortunately, the world doesn’t stop turning just because you’re mentally ill.” This a very hard truth that a good friend once explained to me, in a conversation about the...
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How To Start Over In Life: Steps To Begin At The End
It’s no secret that a lot of great stories are born out of even more difficult endings. Endings are as natural a life process like any other and are a pivotal part of any kind of change in life as...
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Releasing People’s Expectations Of Who They Think You Are
Change And The Expectations That Come With It Here’s a truth that most of us weren’t really prepared for in the earlier stages of our lives: We are always changing. All the time, every single second of every day. What...
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My Boyfriend Wants An Open Relationship, But I Don’t
So, my boyfriend of three years recently told me that he wants an open relationship. If that wasn’t bad enough, he brought it to my knowledge in a way that makes it seem like I have no choice but to...
Mother, I Don’t Want To Get Married
My boyfriend and I have lived in the same community for pretty much our whole lives. We’ve known each other for so long that, at least to me, we’re more like brother and sister than anything else. My mother is...