Mother-daughter duo hold mental health awareness event in Raleigh ::

“We’re all going through it right now.

Kashinda Marche said so many problems these days can attack our mental health.

“The mass shootings, the casualties and the deaths, the pandemic,” Marche said. “We just have a problem on top of the problem.”

Marche said in black and brown communities — people don’t always feel like they can talk about it.

“It’s not something that’s welcome at the table,” Marche said.

Marche founded Kreative on Purpose, an organization connecting women and girls with mental wellness.

They hosted an event Saturday at Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Gardens in Raleigh, bringing mental health resources and groups to people who may not feel comfortable going elsewhere.

Marche knows because she’s been there.

“My mental health journey goes back a long way,” Marche said.

More than 25 years ago, Marche said she had tested positive for HIV and had a daughter to raise.

“I’ve lost all self-esteem. My self-esteem has plummeted,” Marche said. “I’m weathering the storm and I feel fantastic in my life now. I really feel it.

And now his daughter Asia works alongside him.

“We want to break these negative cycles,” Marche said.

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