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  • ABOUT

    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 charitable initiative providing personal care items to mental hospital patients.

  • MENTAL HOSPITAL WISH LIST

    "I would like to thank you for your generous donation to the unit. The patients were really thankful for the items and were ecstatic that someone even thought about them."

     

    -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.

     

    This is what we gave to patients in April:

    72

    Pairs of Socks

    50

    Pieces of Underwear

    27

    Empty Travel-size Bottles for Patients to Fill with Shampoo or Bodywash

    23

    Bars of Soap

    21

    Chapsticks

    19

    Satin Bonnets

    12

    T-shirts

    10

    Boxers

    10

    Bottles of Bodywash

    10

    Pairs of Fuzzy Socks

    6

    Bras

    5

    Wave Caps

  • 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

  • STORE

    De-stigmitize depression with these conversation starters

  • PRESS

    Read more about the Depressed While Black experience

    The Barriers to Finding Mental Healthcare While Black

    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

    Commentary:

    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"

  • PODCASTS

    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

    #PatientLeader Webinar: HealtheVoices18 Recap – Top Tips & Takeaways

  • SPEAKING

    Bring Depressed While Black founder, Imadé, to your next event

    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

  • VIDEOS

    Watch and spread mental health awareness

    Project UROK

    Social Justice & Mental Health

    BET: What's At Stake

    Diagnosis Story

  • NEWSLETTER

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  • CONTACT

    For booking, press requests, and freelance writing, or just to share your story