I wish people could understand that the brain is the most important organ of our body. Just because you can’t see mental illness like you could see a broken bone, doesn’t mean it’s not as detrimental or devastating to a family or an individual.

— Demi Lovato

Shavana Clarke is a born and raised New Yorker, who received her BFA in Acting at the University of Connecticut in May 2017. Shavana’s battle with mental health began at a very young age. She was always a little perfectionist and that caused her to begin self harming in middle school. The stress only increased in college, where she was diagnosed with panic disorder and post college, where she was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and depression. Shavana hopes to be an inspiration to others and help destigmatize the topic of mental illness; especially in the African American/ Caribbean American communities.