Imadé (ee-MAH-day) is a writer and mental health advocate who founded Depressed While Black. She is a suicide attempt survivor who lives with clinical depression and borderline personality disorder. Imadé first developed Depressed While Black as her 2015 Columbia University Non-Fiction Creative Writing MFA thesis. Depressed While Black has grown into an online community, an in-progress book, and a nonprofit that donates Black-affirming personal care items to mental hospital patients.

  • #BuildABlackVision

    We are partnering with BEAM for #BIPOCMentalHealthMonth to #BuildABlackVision for mental health. All month long we will be highlighting the experiences of Black people in psychiatric jails and facilitating dialogue to build a collective vision that transforms Black mental health in our country.


    Read our articles on The Mighty:

    What It Means to #BuildABlackVision for Mental Health


    My Experience in Two Different Psychiatric Hospitals


    "A patient was here and he had nothing. When it came time to discharge him we were able to give him socks, underwear, and a T-shirt from your donations. He said it had been a while since he was able to get a new pair of underwear. Your donation made it possible for us to help a patient in need."


    -Staff Member at Moses Cone Alamance County Behavioral Health Hospital



    When I was hospitalized, I had nothing but the clothes I came in with. I was literally wearing my trauma.


    When I first asked a staff member what patients wanted for their April drop off, I was surprised that the first request they had was Chapstick. We are in the middle of a global crisis, but small things like giving Chapstick can help people care for their bodies and live with dignity.


    As a nonprofit, Depressed While Black receives a wish list from mental hospital patients and staff and then donates these items each month. Depressed While Black is currently providing this service for Moses Cone Alamance Regional Behavioral Health Hospital in Burlington, NC and is in the process of expanding to another Behavioral Health Hospital and a treatment center.


    Would you like to send a Mental Hospital Wish List or are you a Black business owner wanting to donate your items or offer them at a reduced price? Contact DepressedWhileBlack@gmail.com


    This is what Depressed While Black gave in July 2020:


    Moses Cone Alamance Regional Behavioral Health Hospital
    28 Pieces of Underwear
    23 T-shirts
    22 Boxers
    19 Rain Ponchos

    19 Hair Oils

    15 Composition Books

    11 Bras

    6 Satin Bonnets


    Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital Greensboro
    138 Hair ties
    40 Boxers
    36 Pieces of Underwear
    33 T-shirts
    15 Hair oils
    13 Bras
    8 Wave caps
    6 Satin bonnets

  • BLOG

    Mental health stories from an African-American lens

  • BOOK

    My in-progress book, Depressed While Black, explores race, religion, and romance all while popping Prozac and navigating therapy


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    What You’re Getting Wrong About Employee Burnout

    I Can Never Be the Person I Was Before Having Treatment-Resistant Depression. And I Don’t Want to Be. (sponsored)

    How Workplaces Can Support Black Mental Health

    "I Have Treatment-Resistant Depression": What It's Like to Live With the Challenging Mental Illness

    DAWN Saved My Life

    What keeps some black women from seeking mental health care — and how therapists are working to change that

    Three Reasons Why It Can Be Harder for Black Women To Get Mental Health Treatment

    When medication is essential to mental health: CBD Stigma

    The Relatable Depression of 'Never Say Never'

    “Depressed While Black” founder Imade Nibokun is fearlessly changing the conversation around the future of Black mental health

    'I Thought Depression Was a White People Disease': a Conversation with Depressed While Black

    40 Women to Watch: The 2018 Edition

    12 Wonder Women Who Inspire Us to Battle Mental Health Stigma

    Kid Cudi and Depression


    Sammus' hip-hop song about depression and suicidal thoughts that made me cry

    Breaking The Stigma: Women Of Color Speaking Up For Minority Mental Health

    This Is What It's Like To Be "Depressed While Black"


    Listen to Imadé talk about what it means to be Depressed While Black

    Depressed While Black: Imade

    A COMPLETE MISUNDERSTANDING: Depression, Suicide, and Wellness Solutions


    Next Speaking Event:


    For Us By Us Black Mental Health Virtual Summit

    Panel: Naming the Beast: Racial Inequities in the U.S. Mental Health Care System


    Summit Date: August 8 - 15

    My Speaking Date: Saturday, August 8 from 1:30 - 3 P.M.


    Register: bit.ly/forusbyus2020

    72 Hours Later: Black in Mental Health Facilities w/ @depressedwhileblack

    SPSM Chat

    Fighting While Healing: Dismantling Systemic Racism to Improve Black Mental Health

    A Conversation With BEAM Founder Yolo Akili

    The Black People Who Were Left Behind: On Psychiatric Jails & Mental Illness

    Bridging The Mental Health Treatment Gap: Ways To Reduce Stigma In The Workplace

    COM Umoja Community and Psychological Services host Imadé Nibokun of Depressed While Black

    The Mental Health Needs of Students of Color

    JED Foundation's Storyteller Program

    Jesus Told Me To Get On Antidepressants

    Drug Policy Alliance Conference

    Impact of Coercion Panel

    Wright Institute

    Living Depressed While Black

    Furman University

    Blackness is not a Mental Health Problem

    No More Martrys ResistRestRepeat Panel

    Revolutionary Self-Care

    Minority Mental Health Summit

    When A Woman Speaks Lunch Panel

    Black Women's Life Balance & Wellness Conference at Spelman University

    Spirituality and Mental Health

    Blacktivism Conference at Emory Univeristy

    Self-Care is the Movement


    Watch and spread mental health awareness

    Project UROK

    Social Justice & Mental Health

    BET: What's At Stake

    Diagnosis Story


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