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Meet Natasia McCormick of Josies Legacy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Natasia McCormick.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Josie’s Legacy was inspired by my mother Josephine McCormick, who died at the age of 38 after years of battling depression and substance abuse. Additionally, the vision for Josie’s Legacy came from my own experience with mental illness. I struggled silently with depression since the age of 13. I didn’t attend my first therapy session until my twenty-seventh birthday – a gift to myself. However, it wasn’t until six years later, due to a failed suicide attempt, that I was hospitalized and clinically diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, anxiety, and insomnia. I was never admitted into a psychiatric facility, but I spend over a week under one-on-one watch in a medical hospital and given anti-depressants as part of my treatment. Years later, I started participating in suicide prevention walks; it was heartbreaking to see people who looked like me. I was taken aback by the lack of walks taking place in predominately Black neighborhoods. I started Josie’s Legacy to inform the Black community about mental health and suicide prevention awareness. I wanted to stop the cycle of “not airing dirty laundry’ that keeps many in the Black community in an unhealthy cycle of pain and trauma. It is my intention for Josie’s Legacy to be led by people of color who are passionate about the Black community heal and live healthier lifestyles.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s definitely been a challenge. Mental health and mental illness are the most appealing topics for some people. Stigma continues to play a huge role in people’s willingness to open up and share their experience with mental health “issues.”

We’d love to hear more about your organization.
Josies Legacy Inc is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We create safe spaces for members of the black community to talk about everyday life experiences and struggles that impact our mental health and engage in self-care practices such as meditation healing circles, wellness workshops and “pillow talk” sessions (healing circle/peer support group). We also provide mental health resources.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t believe in luck.😊 I survived domestic violence, a horrible car accident, and a suicide attempt. It is safe to say that God kept me alive for a purpose, and I’m doing my part to fulfill it.

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