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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 501(c)3 nonprofit that donates Black-affirming personal care items to psychiatric patients and connects people to Black therapists.

     

    Vision Statement:

    Depressed While Black envisions a world where people of African descent heal from severe depression through Black-affirming mental health support and advocacy.

  • Help Me Find A Therapist

    The Help Me Find A Therapist program is currently on hiatus so we can care for ourselves and fulfill past requests for Black therapist options.

     

     

    The pandemic is devastating Black communities. Even if you don't have a pre-existing mental health condition, it's very possible to develop one in the midst of so much loss. When you're in a mental health crisis, it can be incredibly difficult to find a Black therapist.

     

    In partnership with Darkness Rising, a mental health awareness nonprofit, Help Me Find A Therapist is a free program that directly assists community members in the search for Black therapists. Users fill out a digital form to make customized requests for culturally competent therapy and can expect to receive contact information for up to 3 Black therapists which meet their criteria, tips for their first therapy consultation, and more.

     

    Thank you to our volunteers who use their skills to help our community find Black therapists:

    Benjamin Heisler

    Natalie Winicov

    Areinia Adams
    Sasha Zabelski⁠
    Maria Black⁠
    Holly Ramella⁠
    Taylor Molton⁠
    Symoné Bella⁠
    Erin Moeller⁠
    Kiera Schaindlin⁠
    Robin Goldberg⁠
    Morgan Sterling

     

    For more information or volunteer opportunities:

    Email helpmefindatherapistprogram@gmail.com

     

    Volunteer Interest Form: bit.ly/HMFATVolunteer

     

    Help Me Find A Therapist Twitter: twitter.com/HMFATProgram

     

    Disclaimer: As with any service, you are encouraged to research and consult with any providers before working with them to ensure a good fit. This program is not intended as a tool for verifying the credentials, qualifications, or abilities of any clinician listed.

  • WISH LIST

    We use your monetary donations to purchase Black-affirming personal care items for psychiatric patients.

    Donate to make a difference.

    "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 psychiatric 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 Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital in Greensboro, NC.

     

    Depressed While Black also provides Black beauty supply kits for psychiatric patients where each individual kit includes all-natural travel-size shampoo, conditioner, hair oil, and shea body butter. The kit also includes chapstick, a satin bonnet, a wave cap, a wide-tooth comb, and a handle-less brush. These items are sourced from Black-owned businesses.

     

    As a trial run, Black haircare and skincare items were mailed to Columbia University Psychiatry in October 2020 and sent to UNC Psychiatry's Adolescent Unit in November 2020.

     

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

     

    100% of donations are used for the Wish List program. Donate at depressedwhileblack.kindful.com.

     

    This is what Depressed While Black gave in

    July 2021:

     

    Cone Health Behavioral Health Greensboro

    30 Shampoo

    30 Conditoner

     

    (Both shampoo and conditioner bottles have inspirational messages from psychiatric survivors)


    Alamance Regional Behavioral Health

    (Burlington, NC) 

    100 Underwear
    40 Flip Flop Pairs
    36 Stress Balls
    35 Brushes

  • #BuildABlackVision

    We partnered with BEAM for #BIPOCMentalHealthMonth 2020 to #BuildABlackVision for mental health. We highlighted the experiences of Black people in psychiatric jails and facilitated dialogue to build a collective vision that transforms Black mental health in our country.

     

    We want to defund the police and punitive psychiatric jails/hospitals in order to fully fund Black community mental health centers that prioritize peer-support, agency, and self-determination.

     

    Read our articles on The Mighty:

    What It Means to #BuildABlackVision for Mental Health

     

    My Experience in Two Different Psychiatric Hospitals

     

    How Do You 'Get Better' in a Psychiatric Hospital Where No One Understands You?

  • BLOG

    Find mental health stories from an African-American lens and discover new mental health resources

  • 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. Masks are now available!

  • 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"

  • SPEAKING

    Bring Depressed While Black Founder Imadé to your next event

    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

  • 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

  • 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

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