Asia Jones Productions is a blogging website dedicated to the psychological and social aspects of the black experience. Utilizing informative articles, media outlets, lectures, products, and music, Asia Jones Productions aims to have information regarding various mental illness or other life stresses readily available for people of all ages to better assist their potential needs and lack of a voice. The overall mission of Asia Jones Productions is to spread black mental health awareness through the usage of creative works.
The idea of Asia Jones Productions began slightly while the creator, Asia Jones, was attending high school in Spring Valley, NY.
My high school’s school district consisted of the most populated of black and Hispanic students within the county, and lacked the proper funding to provide for the academic development, and extracurricular interests, of its students. Deans and school psychologists were no longer within the academic budget, preventing students from receiving the proper psychological diagnosis, treatment, and resources while attending the high school. Cultural gaps took a toll within the home, as many of our families were of Caribbean and Hispanic descent. Within these cultures, conversations regarding mental health are highly controversial, and are met with major disbelief and a lack of understanding. Environmental, cultural, and economical factors took a major toll on student’s willingness in receiving help for their outbursts within the classroom, willingness to participate, resulting in a state of learned helplessness. To cope with such a lack of emotional support, my classmates would attempt to heal from their emotional pain on their own by using negative coping mechanisms, such as violence, substance abuse, and frequently running away from home. The students of my high school were evidently in need of emotional and psychological support, however, because of the existent notion of our neighborhood being ridden of delinquent children instead of students who need more resources, the cries of help from our community’s children were easily overlooked and ignored.
The questioned stemmed were, “…if I had access to this information two years ago, how would my life be different today? If my friends were taught about mental health earlier, would they still be negatively coping? If our parents had knowledge on these issues, would the households within the neighborhood be more open? And if the education system realized just how badly we all needed to be heard, could all of this been avoided?”