Feature of the Week: Nelchael Antoine, Podcast Host, Mental Health Advocate, Motivational Speaker, Workshop Facilitator, and Marketer

1) Who are you?

My name is Nelchael (Nel•kai•yel) Antoine and I am a podcast host, mental health advocate, motivational speaker, workshop facilitator and a marketer. Despite most of my business experiences, I am truly creative at the core. But above any of those titles, I am first a child of God and a firm believer in the power of faith in Jesus. 

2) What is your blog, program, agency, organization about? When did it start?
The Tearapy Recovery podcast started back in 2020. In 2019, I experienced a mental health crisis that changed my life in ways I never expected. For more than a decade, I learned to suppress my emotions and feelings from the traumas I experienced and witnessed in my youth. This resulted in repeated cycles of depression, panic attacks and struggles with body dysmorphia. When it all came to head, suicide felt like the only way to alleviate the overload of emotional pain. God, however, had a different plan. After months of recovery, I wanted to document and share my experiences through an audio diary to share with others who may have experienced similar events in their life but were suffering in silence. I wanted listeners to know that there is hope and that Jesus and therapy is what saved my life and it could possibly help them too. I never thought that this would turn into a budding community of people on a similar journey. As we are in the planning stages of expanding into services and events, the mission of Tearapy Recovery will always be to bridge the gap between faith and mental health and provide resources/information to empower listeners on their journeys.

3) What is your mission? Why do you feel strongly about this particular area of interest? 

I want to empower listeners to take an active role in their mental health journeys/recovery. The mental health care system is overwhelmed and there are so many factors that can prevent someone from seeking the help they need (i.e. cost, insurance coverage, state legislation, proximity to care, etc.). I believe in the power of therapy, but I also do not want to see people suffer while they wait for care. So whether it is brands like ours, nonprofits, churches, or government sponsored programs, we need to provide people with resources that can help them cope and heal with their mental health struggles. 

4) If someone asked for your feedback on how to live their best life, What would your response be in one sentence?

It is important to take time to learn yourself and understand who you are at the core. The journey of self discovery is foundational because from it stems your identity and purpose. I think that unlocks the season of living your best life because you are doing things to satisfy God and self rather than impressing others.

5) How and where can people find more information about you?

You can tune in to listen to the podcast on platforms like Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Anchor or our website, www.tearapyrecovery.com. I recommend subscribing to the site so you can stay up to date with upcoming services and events. You can also subscribe to the Tearapy Recovery YouTube channel and watch clips of the visual episodes and lifestyle and faith videos that I release. Full episodes and playback videos of our events are exclusively available on our website for our TR Golden Members. And don't forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn (@tearapyrecovery).