The Mental What?
Meet the Founder
Miana Bryant was born and raised in Prince George's County, Maryland and is a graduate from East Carolina University obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her passion for mental health stemmed from her own personal battles with depression and anxiety throughout her adolescence. Though wounded, Miana turned her pain into ‘The Mental Elephant” in order to reach other people around the globe that battle the same problems. She is the sole founder and currently, operates all online outlets as the only editor.
Aside from online work, she is also the President of The Mental Elephant Organization with a 5 member executive board, and an estimated 250 herd members, she is the business operator for Simply Apri Hair, and fulfills all document requests for The Elephant Career Development Center,. In addition, Ms.Bryant is currently pursuing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, is an honorary guest speaker at The Conference on World Affairs, received The 2017-2018 NAACP Black Excellence; Black Girl Magic Award, and is an inducted member of The National Society of Leadership and Success. She intends to pursue her PhD in Forensic Psychology, and work to become a Criminal Psychologist by 2026.
As of October 2019 Miana Bryant was featured on CBS This Morning with Gayle King for The Mental Elephant. More information and the CBS article is available below!
Why did you start The Mental Elephant?
The Mental Elephant started when I was a freshman in college going through a very tough breakup, and being away from home. I remember sitting in my dorm room at 5 in the morning turning on Criminal Minds and watching it until almost 11 pm that night. I never ate, I never talked to anyone, I completely shut down and could only give myself enough energy to click “continue watching”. The next day I forced myself to the Student Health Service Center on campus and was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. After being put on medication, I began to feel better but still alone and very lost on my diagnosis. That is specifically when I decided to form a group of students that have also been diagnosed and would love some support and guidance just like me. The original idea was a simple group chat but after I had one idea and discussed it with my mentor at the time, Daniel Spellman, it developed into an entire organization that can spread awareness of disorders, and give students resources and access to treatment. I gathered a few of my friends and pitched them the idea, once they said it sounded amazing I hit the ground running and never looked back. Now two years later we are still going strong and fulfilling our purpose.