HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — A Harrisburg mental health advocate is working to connect people to resources. In honor of May, Mental Health Awareness Month, she hosted an event inviting the community to learn more.
Asia Tippitt launched her “Mental Health Matters” organization during the pandemic, seeing the need for easy access to mental health resources. Now she is striving to reach more people and try to start a larger conversation.
“Mental health is important and it’s something to talk about,” she said. “These are things that people face every day.”
Through her passion project “Mental Health Matters,” she strives to help people find the resources they need, including social workers, medicine, and psychiatric care.
Tippitt’s passion comes from his own experience
“I’m a mental health survivor, I suffer from mental health, I have family members who suffer from mental health, so it’s very personal to me,” she said.
In May, Tippitt held a community event to spread his message, “It’s okay not to be well.” Her event included music, food, and even a fashion show.
“The safe space, where they’re comfortable and ready to want to express themselves,” Tippitt described.
For Tippitt, mental health can be about little things, not just medical help
“I hear this all the time, where it’s like, well, they want to put me on meds, oh, they’re telling me I have to be admitted,” she said, but added that she wanted to provide more opportunities for people.
Tippitt invited several small business owners to her event, and she said their creative process was also part of the healing.
“We have [a vendor] here who makes his clothes by hand. It’s a way for her to deal with whatever hardships she may be facing,” she said.
Tippitt’s next step is to find a physical space to house his organization.
“I just want the whole building to be about mental health, whether it’s activities, speakers,” she said.
She wants a space to give people an outlet to express their emotions. A room she has planned: a “rage room” where people can vent their anger.
“All your TVs that don’t work, bring them to me because I have people angry and when they get angry they can go and destroy those TVs,” she said with a laugh.
She wants a place where she can put her personal motto into practice.
“You respect your energy and protect your peace at all costs,” she said.
Tippitt is already looking for properties where she could develop this space. Until then, she wants to continue raising awareness in her community however she can.