Mindful + Melanated is an online community for Black women who need a safe space to tackle their unique issues around mental health and wellness. We strive to foster an environment where Black women can candidly share their experiences without the fear of being judged. Our mission at Mindful + Melanated is to create and cultivate a community that empowers Black women to achieve and sustain a healthy, balanced life.
We offer support in a variety of ways: an anonymous message board, virtual peer support groups, access to culturally-competent providers, quarterly mental health challenges, webinars, personal development courses, downloadable resources, events, and more.
Regina Renaye Kinney is the founder of Mindful + Melanated, an online community for Black women who need a safe space to tackle their unique issues around mental health and wellness. Regina has been battling depression and anxiety since childhood. Her first suicide attempt was at the age of 12. As an adult, Regina muddled through life wearing a mask to hide what was really going on inside her. For a long time she felt embarrassed and ashamed of her mental health diagnoses. On one hand, Regina often overcompensated for her depression by being an overachiever, and on the other hand she tried to numb her pain by self-medicating. After getting out of a year-long depressive episode, Regina decided to share her story with the hopes of helping other Black women along in their mental wellness journeys. Because she is intimately knowledgeable about how mental illness affects Black women - and knows there is a need for Black women to congregate in a space specifically for them - she founded Mindful + Melanated. Mindful + Melanated offers peer support and access to culturally competent mental wellness resources, providers, and programs. Regina earned her Bachelor's degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College and she currently resides in Randolph, Massachusetts.