During DeQunda’s mental health career, she intervened amid suicidal crisis. Through sharing her favorite biblical quotes and verses, DeQunda found a way to give hope to patients in a way that stood out from other treatments. But Bible references weren’t the only unique way to get through to her patients.
While employed at a local hospital, a parrot named Laila became a favorite among patients. Laila’s interactions with the patients were healing and therapeutic — a phenomenon that left a lasting impression on DeQunda’s heart.
Of all the cases DeQunda covered, one stood out — an ethnic
woman's suicide attempt that stemmed from poor self-image due to trichotillomania. Trichotillomania is a disorder that causes the urge to pull hair due to anxiety or depression. DeQunda witnessed many failed treatments to resolve her patient's depression and suicidality.
In hopes of helping her patient, DeQunda began to search for hair care products that could promote regrowth and reduce the urge to pull, considering that was the origin of her pain. When met with no resolve, DeQunda realized the solution she was searching for was one she’d have to create herself.
When it came time to name her new line of healthy hair products, DeQunda thought back to the similar nature of parrots and their tendency to pull their feathers when anxious or overstimulated.
One Little Parrot serves as a symbolic reminder of every individual life she helped preserve and her oath as a nurse to promote the health and well-being of others.