Today we’d like to introduce you to Noelle Le Flore.
Hi Noelle, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
My journey began when I was a little girl. I had a family member who was diagnosed with serious mental illness. I remember thinking about what was happening to him, how he must feel, what was causing his behavior and how we as a family could make him better.
From that point on, I was drawn to mental health, curious about its causes and the ways in which I could help. I wanted to do something to help people get better and decided my contribution would be to become a doctorally prepared board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
After I began practicing as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I quickly realized how wide-ranging and detrimental misconceptions and stigmas surrounding mental health and treatment can be. I recognized this as a general concept but also began to see even more deficits and harmful language among those who considered themselves religious; more specifically those identifying with the Christian faith – as this was a large part of my patient population.
Aside from the more typical barriers to seeking care for mental health disorders, Christian patients and their families/friends were often much more vexed, distressed and confused about how to navigate mental health and wellness. The anguish, confusion and tears led me to create my nonprofit, Novel. Through Novel, I wanted to educate people about how spirituality and formal mental health treatment are not mutually exclusive. I wanted to use my knowledge of both the Christian faith and treatment of mental health disorders to promote mental wellness and help those dealing with mental health issues live freely.
I couldn’t have created Novel without God and support from those I love. I’m so thankful for this journey and hope that Novel can continue to help spread a message of hope.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Nope! Insecurity and self-doubt has been a huge struggle for me. Imposter syndrome is real and the anxiety it created would often make me question if I was qualified enough to be in the spaces I was in. Was I smart enough? Witty enough? Did I speak well enough? Was I too awkward? Thankfully I did the work, I worked hard to overcome the parts of me that I felt were holding me back. With lots of prayer and self-reflection, I feel more confident than I ever have in life. It’s a feeling I wish for everyone.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Novel Inc.?
Novel is a nonprofit organization founded to help bridge the gap between faith and mental health. While Novel’s background is faith-based, we provide services for any and everyone looking for help.
Mission: To inspire hope.
Our vision is a world where everyone has achieved mental wellness.
What we do: Through education, support, resources, connection, advocacy and cultural competency, we help individuals and faith communities promote mental wellness through a lens of faith.
Who we serve: The short answer is we serve everyone. Whether you’re an individual looking for support, or a church or organization looking for guidance on facilitating authentic conversations around mental wellness, we have a place for you.
Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
I’m obsessed with true crime. Everyone knows that, but they probably don’t know how much, haha.
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