In this special episode of Theories & Thoughts Podcast, Arnya and Fancy discuss suicide in the Black community with guest Marquita L. Sikes, an empowerment coach and new author. While we usually discuss the latest news and events, we skipped the news this week to discuss whether or not listeners find it important for their doctors and physicians to be Black. Arnya shares her experience with her primary physician, and what sparked the question.
What makes this episode so special is that Marquita shares her experiences with suicide publicly for the first time ever, and we discovered that many of our viewers could relate to these thoughts and feelings. Plus, Arnya was inspired to host an episode on this topic due to her friend recently passing away from death by suicide.
If you are considering suicide or having suicidal thoughts, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline number is 1-800-273-8255. They also have chat options available.
About Marquita L. Sikes
The same way an ordinary caterpillar transforms and emerges as a beautiful butterfly from its cocoon is much similar to the way the CEO of Caterpillars to Butterflies Life Coaching Marquita L. Sikes has transformed her life.
The certified Master Life Coach has lived a hard life, from growing up in a dysfunctional family to escaping a violent marriage. But these hardships were preparing Marquita for the future work she would do, coaching survivors of intimate partner abuse and those who are battling with addiction. At Caterpillars to Butterflies Life Coaching, Marquita teaches her clients to shift their thinking, make better choices and live happier, more fulfilling lives by pulling from her wisdom and resources and incorporating them into strategies. Established in 2018, the organization is driven by progressive ideas, bold actions and a strong foundation of support. Their top priority is making sure they provide the highest quality service and that their customers are happy.
Marquita aims to have a positive impact on society through her business, and recently released the book “Rescued,” which tells the story of her past and her breakthrough. The empowerment and personal development coach dedicated the book to all victims of abuse, and hopes that it inspires individuals to free themselves.