Resources

Give An Hour – A non profit that will match you with mental health professionals who are willing to donate free sessions to people in need. giveanhour.org

Mental Health Monday – Weekly wellness-based interviews, stories, resources via The Extraordinary Negroes podcast. theextraordinarynegroes.com/mental-health-monday

Open Path Collective – Open Path connects clients in need with mental health professionals who offer affordable therapy for $30-50 per session. openpathcollective.org

Therapy For Black Girls – The Therapy for Black Girls Directory assists Black women in finding mental health professionals who are passionate about providing high quality, culturally competent services. therapyforblackgirls.com/therapist-directory/

SAMHSA – The SAMHSA is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and they offer the information of free and low cost mental health clinics. samhsa.gov

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Wellness-Themed episodes from The Extraordinary Negroes podcast (hosted by Alex Hardy & Jay Connor)

“Let’s Go To Therapy (Feat. Tonja Renée Stidhum and Shamira Ibrahim)”

In a unique take on our Writers Symposium series, writers Tonja Renée Stidhum (Blavity, Shadow & Act, The Root, etc.) and Shamira Ibrahim (Very Smart Brothas, Washington Post, etc.) explore their ongoing journeys with depression, anxiety, body dysmorphia, and mental illness. They bravely detail how they sought the support of their friends and family members, how each of them chose their therapists, and what gave them the will to carry on even in their darkest hours.

“Holiday Happiness (feat. Quinn Gee of Magnolia Mental Health)”

The holidays aren’t happy for everyone. So we’re joined by psychotherapist Quinn Gee of Magnolia Mental Health to discuss how factors like the winter weather, economic anxiety, and our current political climate adversely affect our mental health during the holidays, the importance of establishing healthy boundaries, and how to support your friends and family suffering from mental illness without losing yourself in the process.

 

“Hello Brooklyn (feat. Demetria Lucas D’Oyley)”

In this episode, we’re joined by author, television personality, and melanated wonder woman Demetria Lucas D’Oyley to discuss her burgeoning multimedia empire, her bouts with self-doubt, which Brooklyn rapper wears the crown, and her journey while expanding her brand beyond writing. Additionally, Alex is to blame for the next podcast civil war, Jay is in dire need of anger management, and podcasting takes a lot of damn work.

“You Good, Man? (feat. Nickolas Gaines)”

In this episode, National Suicide Prevention Program Director for the U.S. Department of Defense Nickolas Gaines joins us to discuss Kid Cudi’s statement about checking himself into rehab for depression and suicidal thoughts, the pervasiveness and treatment of mental health issues (among Black folks), and much more.

 

More Audiovisual Soulfood

Outside The House: A Mental Health Documentary

This film is not about statistics, or science, or theories, or practices. It’s about mental health and courageously sharing our stories so others will know they are not alone. It’s about what’s happened to us, what will happen to our children, and breaking cycles that are killing us in dark places.

Outside The House: A Mental Health Documentary from Darnell Lamont Walker on Vimeo.

 

Stories and Essays on Wellness

#StressAwareness: When Carbs and Lack of Exercise Isn’t The Cause of Your Diabetes” (The Extraordinary Negroes) by Synitta Walker

It is often assumed that everyone who has diabetes is overweight, has poor eating habits, and doesn’t get enough exercise. Seems like everyone has a diabetic in their family that fits that description to the last letter, so it’s become an acceptable stereotype. There’s something that can affect diabetics on a more frightening level and contribute to them having heart attacks and strokes.

Stress.

 

Dear 20-Somethings, Stop Chasing Perfection!” (The Root) by Alex Hardy

Clock out when necessary. Contending with family, work and melanin maintenance can be spiritually taxing, so carving out downtime to recharge is essential. Turning off email and social media notifications on your phone does wonders. Meditate. Take a solo vocation to Brazil. Even St. Damita Jo Jackson takes a break from inspiring R&B wishes and superstar dreams to play UNO with LaToya on occasion.

What A Difference A Year Makes: On Battling And Beating Depression” (Very Smart Brothas) by Alex Hardy

This was the fun part of adjusting to antidepressants that feels like log rolling through the mud. Nothing mattered. This time last year, leading up to Thanksgiving, I spent most of my days under the covers, powering through The Wire, mumbling through interactions with my family, masturbating and aggressively napping. The first few weeks of my courtship with Zoloft was made up of vicious jaw clenching, fidgeting and king-sized anxiety. Being tightly wound wasn’t new. It’s nearly impossible for me to relax, but during that first month, my anxiety hit puberty and spiked at the faintest whiff of impending strife or frustration. Occasionally, while driving, I’d have to pull off the road and just breathe. I spent weeks wrapped up in trying to determine how much of the fuckedupness and zombiehood was drug-related and how much was due to my personal wretchitude.

It fucking sucked.

Hey, Therapy” (Abernathy Magazine) by Alex Hardy

One day, while cleaning up my room, I felt it. In the back of my throat. That familiar pang of terror and bewilderment and grief and confusion that means that shit is not okay. I fought it off with deep breaths and minutes spent staring at the ceiling. It grew while folding jeans and arranging tank tops, but as I tried to force it back down, that pang in my throat became a chokehold. I set the broom and dustpan down. I rocked from side to side, gripping, twisting and flinging my hands. I fought those tears. I lost.
I was heavy. I felt directionless, for the first time ever. I felt unable to DO the way Alex DOES.

And then, I met you, Therapy.

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