Imade (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. Imade first developed Depressed While Black as her 2015 Columbia University Non-Fiction Creative Writing MFA thesis. Depressed While Black has grown to an online community, an in-progress book, and numerous speaking appearances.


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


    With your donations, we made sure that mental hospital patients know they are not forgotten. Now we have a new mission. The mental hospital patients at Alamance County, NC shared their wish list of personal care items.


    Patient Wish List:

    Rain Poncho----------------------------these would be for the patients once they leave if it was raining and they had to walk to the bus stop


    Soap/Body wash


    Adult coloring books

    Adult word searches/puzzle books

    Personal calendar book

    Personal Crayons

    Hair ties-------------- Metal free

    Hair oil (Coconut, vitamin E)


    Together, I believe we can provide this wish list! I want to drop off these exact items by mid-March. If you can, please donate and share this with someone who is willing to donate. 100% of donations will go towards delivering this wish list!


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