The HOLDING SPACE SERIES is designed to bring encouragement, inspirational and spiritual solace to persons in an array of industries including medicine, education, the creative arts and more. Authors of prayers and devotionals are invited to submit to this series of titles.
Title themes open for submission are:
DARK CLOUDS OVERHEAD
Exploring Mental Chaos and Collapse
Second Quarter 2022 Release
Anxiety, depression, bi-polar, schizophrenia, post traumatic stress disorder, racial traumatic stress disorder - the world is suffering with a bevvy of mental health concerns. Suicide is prevalent among young people as early as 5. Societal ills are creating trauma diagnoses at alarming rates.
DARK CLOUDS OVERHEAD is seeking submissions from those who have faced their proverbial mental health demons or were forced to and are transparently sharing their struggles and success.
We are also looking for clinical and counseling-focused essays exploring the state of mental health and what must be done personally, in families and in local and global communities.
Further essay submissions are sought from those who are keenly knowledgeable of church/ religion/denominations efforts, challenges or failures to adequately broach the subject and give mental health respectful discourse in their congregations.
BROWN LIQUOR AND ROLLING PAPER
Tentative Release Second Quarter 2022
Politics, philosophy, sociology, economics, relationships and religion all take the front stage on street corners and behind "package stores" in urban communities across America. That is where this project hopes to open a needed narrative on mental health about African American men and other men of color/culture who struggle with varying forms of emotional and mental struggles against the backdrop of what it means to be a man, to be tough, to be hard and unbothered. Do these narratives -unaddressed - ended up as self medication through alcohol, drugs, other vices and even suicide?
Submissions are sought from men in urban and inner city communities, as well as rural communities who struggle with mental/emotional health challenges, have attempted suicide or have intimate knowledge of a friend or family member who has.
Submissions are sought in story, essay and poetic form.
Additional submissions are sought from clergy and professionals with additional intimate and/or personal knowledge/understanding of challenges in this specific demographic.