iammrmentor | Black Male Author Richard Taylor Champion's Mental Health (Suicide Prevention Month)
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“The Author That isn’t Afraid To Go There”

“The Author That isn’t Afraid To Go There”

“The Author That Isn’t Afraid To Go There”

-Who is Richard Taylor?

That’s a tough one; not going off of a bio, I’m me. I know that’s vague, but I feel like there is no one definition that can describe me. I don’t have a space or a ball that I fit in. I used to feel bad about it, but I now understand where and who I AM. I understand the “I AM” concept more than ever now. Some folks call me a speaker, a motivator, an author. I’m all of those, but I’m more about transformation. I’m a walking transformation.

How has your career as an author been going for you? 

It’s been going good. My new book has been harder to push out because it’s not general motivation. We are really digging deeper on the third book. Three years in, 20k books sold without a publisher, I’ll say I’m doing alright.

You have decided to tackle mental health issues, a true taboo in the Black community, why is that? 

From my own struggle! From the age of 10, I was bullied and dealt with depression – not knowing what the issue was, coping with the trauma, and knowing how to deal. I was tormented by my own thoughts. I felt like Randy Orton when he said he would hear voices in his head. I was afraid that I would get a whooping if I told my parents what was going on. I was always told/heard that depression was a White person’s problem. Which was all false because I was not only dealing with depression, I attempted suicide multiple times.

When you talk about championing our own experiences as a millennial, I decided to stand in the middle of the doorway and bridge the gap. The bridge was burned in the Black community by stereotype. The bridges to healing, transformation, and change – they were all burned. Churches that say things like “JUST pray about it” or “Things will get better” are all flames that burn our bridges to the other side. Even though I’m not a qualified doctor or therapist, I use my own experiences to help others, whether it’s with my mentoring group or brothers in the street. Mental health is a true issue that people are literally dying from, just like any other medical illness.

Have you experienced pushback as an author and mental health advocate? What are some of the biggest misconceptions you have dealt with?

I released my first book when I was 23. During that time, I had to deal with adults wondering if the book was authentic, questioning my age, and feeling that I had to be of a certain age to write a book of such nature. My transparency was a huge thing as well. I can remember conversing with my dad about whether I was saying or doing too much. A lot of people felt a certain away about me being comfortable in my own story and going out to tell it. My first book was called “Unashamed” for a reason. I tell my own story, no one will ever tell it for me. I’m speaking from a place of freedom and freeing others. I love me in spite of what others may think.

What advice would you like to offer Blacks overall?

Take the time to find who you are, and invest in who you are. In my third book, I talk about the mask. The mask can be a relationship, a job, or a We allow our identity to be predicated on these things. Often we get caught in who the world is saying we should be instead of finding out for ourselves.

I’ve been listening to a lot of sermons lately, and one that stood out to me is letting your light shine. There’s difference in shining and so-shining. When you shine, people see you. When you so-shine, it’s undeniable. We function off of doing OK, but we need to invest in our identity so we can make the impact and eventually so-shine.

-How can readers keep up with you?

https://www.richardtaylorjr.com, RL Taylor on Periscope (which is one of my main platforms), YouTube, and Facebook under the name Richard Taylor.

This article was written by Justin Sims, (IAMMRMENTOR), In hopes of not only inspiring entrepreneurs, but young black males to be the best and the truest version of themselves.

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