Heroic Humans is a social impact movement that provides a gathering space for inspiration, celebration and empowerment. This amazing non-profit fosters connections among heroic people and groups, helping to establish a broader reach and more profound influence on their individual communities. My favorite concept behind their mission is that they truly care about authentic connections and the power behind all people and passions.
So lets meet the founder and CEO, Dana Clark! Dana had been working on an idea that totally set her heart and soul on fire. She laid the foundation of a social impact movement that has an unwavering mission: to inspire, celebrate and empower Heroic members of our communities. I mean how awesome, she is talking about us-moreover, herself! Regular and genuine people who stand behind amazing initiatives. Heroic Humans encourages that we can all play a part in celebrating the good versus the bad and share authentic stories, people, passions and inspirations. Heroic Humans is a space that seeks to foster acceptance and inclusion in a world wedded to judgmental social norms and constructs. It is a place that refuses to marginalize and exclude people. It is a place where we can thrive as our truest and most powerful selves.
So I had the honor and privilege to chat with Dana and ask her some very intimate questions pertaining to mental health.
Interview with B-Human
Please introduce yourself to our readers who may not know you:
B-Human: Who you are and what you do?
Dana: My name is Dana Clark, and I founded Heroic Humans seven months ago. I love people, I love empowerment, and I love community and I’m working towards creating a social space to inspire, celebrate and empower Heroic members of our communities.
Heroic Humans is a social impact movement where people from all around the world can write into the website/social media and acknowledge the special people in their lives. These special people are then celebrated and recognized on all of our platforms. This movement is creating a social community for storytelling, humanity, celebration and inspiration. As of recent, Heroic Humans has been putting on a series of workshops in several communities to celebrate local Heroic Humans, to share motivation and empowerment through raw connections and vulnerability, and to ultimately root us in the things that truly matter.
B-Human: What is your definition of mental health?
Dana: For me, my mental health is just as crucial to my wellbeing as my physical health, if not more. Our brains are a very complicated place, and being able to have a space where we can talk about those things and remove the stigmas surrounding mental health is believe it or not, life changing.
B-Human: How does mental illness affect your life and work?
Dana: I find I so desperately rely on balance when it comes to my mental health and work/life on a daily basis. I’ve found I need a balance between those two areas of my life. That’s something I’m working on. I find it so hard to constantly be put with the pressure of creating and coming up with content/new ideas to run your business (especially with the pressure of social media). Of course, that’s what we’re all facing, but it’s important to remember that we all have good days and bad days, even good months and bad months, and that no matter we’re feeling – we are not alone. In my opinion, it’s very reflective to come to the realization that this journey we’re all on, and these experiences we’re all facing are more influential than the final destination. Let’s enjoy the ride! Just without the pressure.
B-Human: What steps do you take to manage your mental health?
Dana: What really works for me is to practice daily affirmations that root me in my morals and values. They act as reminders for me to be centered and to treat myself with patience and love. I say things to myself like “I am Brave” and “I am Positive”. These help me. It’s about finding that little voice inside you that allows you to persevere, and build from your experiences and thoughts.
B-Human: Do you experience self doubt and if yes, please explain the steps that you do to release you from your negative thoughts?
Dana: I think doubting yourself and your choices is something that most people experience, and I am no exception. Frequently I wonder whether the decisions I have made are the right ones, or whether the path I’m on is taking me where I want to go. Getting rid of those thoughts can be difficult, and I have found that the best way for me to push through that negativity and fear is to face the problem head on – to do the thing that I’m afraid of. Letting go of my fears is something I think we’re all working on, and to be open about that is what really matters.
B-Human: Do you ever feel wary about speaking so openly your mental health? If so, why did you decide to do so anyway?
Dana: Speaking openly about my mental health and the challenges I face is a scary thing to do, whether it’s in one of my workshops, on social media or even in my personal life. But one of the core values of Heroic Humans is vulnerability; the willingness to face that fear and be open with the people around you about the struggles we face, the fears we have and the hardships we have all have to endure. So, I couldn’t preach about that vulnerability without fully embracing it myself. Also, I think the main way to let mental illness and negative thoughts win is to remain silent about them. It’s amazing how much freedom can be gained simply from sharing that stuff and being open with another human being.
B-Human: What made you want to create a social impact movement?
Dana: My thinking was: If I want to wake up everyday and be a Heroic Human, how can I get others to wake up and want the same thing? I started with my community. I thought: who will support me? My friends, my family, my co-workers and my fellow students all will, so I’ll start there. It’s absolutely flourished. Now-a-days with social media, you can broaden your reach and have access to people and places you’d never been able to otherwise. This way, no mater who you are, or where you are, Heroic Humans is a space where you will be welcomed, you will be respected, and you will be not only acknowledged, but also celebrated. When you acknowledge someone in the simplest ways, even as simple as saying: “Hey, you matter here, and you really make a difference”, it engages people in ways that we’re not used to. We should tell one another about the impact they have on our lives, because really, what do we have to loose? The mission is to inspire, celebrate and empower Heroic members of all communities, and in doing that, we can all play a part in celebrating the good versus the bad and share authentic stories, people, passions and inspirations. Heroic Humans is a social impact movement that provides a gathering space for inspiration, celebration and empowerment. We seek to foster acceptance and inclusion, among heroic people and groups, in a world wedded to judgmental social norms and constructs. Heroic Humans is a place that refuses to marginalize and exclude people. It is a place where we can thrive as our truest and most powerful selves. We care about authentic connections and the power behind all people and passions.
B-Human: What does Heroic mean to you? Who do you find Heroic?
Dana: The beauty of Heroic Humans is this: we are all Heroic Humans. It’s all about raw-humanity. The mission is to really get people to celebrate one another. It’s about noticing the good in others, and bringing out kindness and support to those around you and your community. I truly believe that with connection, community and support – anything is possible. Whether you’re a cancer survivor, a great barista, or an up-and-coming entrepreneur, I believe your community should know about you and those around you should encourage and support you. We don’t acknowledge each other enough. So it’s a space I’ve created to be able to do that and to celebrate that.
B-Human: How do you reinforce your mission statement to your audience?
Dana: A term I like to use to convey the messaging and meaning behind Heroic Humans is “Live Heroically”. Follow your passions. Follow that thing that lights you up. And follow your heart in whatever direction it takes you. Live Heroically by living as your authentic self, and by treating others with the same kindness and respect we all deserve. All we need is to be heard, seen and loved, and I think if we remember that – anything is possible.
B-Human: How has Heroic Humans affected your community?
Dana: I especially feel the impact of Heroic Humans in the community when I host local workshops. It allows for likeminded (and not-so-likeminded) people to come together and share stories and inspirations from every walk of life and life experiences. It brings people together and eliminates any barriers and walls we would regularly put up in our everyday lives. I think it’s so important to understand that we are all more alike than we think, and this can be a very grounding experience.
The response has been incredible. The amount of support you can get without directly going out and asking for it is downright life changing. I always say to myself, if something ever happened to me, or to the world, and Heroic Humans ended tomorrow – I would feel so fulfilled. It means so much to me and that’s truly what makes Heroic Humans possible. If you believe in others, believe in yourself, and believe in humanity, you believe in Heroic Humans.
B-Human: Finally, is there anything you wish someone would have told you if or when you were struggling? Or something you’d like to share with our readers who are struggling right now?
Dana: If you just ask for help, most of the time someone will help you. If you just smile at someone, most of the time they’ll smile back. If you treat someone with kindness, they’ll probably treat you with kindness back. You really will never know what the person sitting beside you, or in line in front of you has been through, unless you ask. We all have stories and we all have passions. Get curious. Ask the difficult questions. I’ve learned I’ve got nothing to lose by simply trying to dig a little deeper, and trying to be a little more vulnerable and understanding.
Thank you so much Dana for joining the #BHUMAN initiative and truly embodying an authentic human I am so appreciative that I had the chance to work with you!
I want to share some positive daily affirmations that you can read when you are feeling a little overwhelmed:
You are a positive being and aware of your potential
you are strong and wise
You are beautiful
You are unique
You are beyond worthy
Sending you love and light,
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