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Ep 45: Mental Health and People of Color

Today’s episode is about mental health and people of color. My guest today is Dior Vargas, a Latina Feminist Mental Health Activist and the creator of the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project. Dior will talk about her photo project which started in 2014 and a new book of photo essays she edited titled, The Color Of My Mind: Mental Health Narratives from People of Color. This book features full page portraits of a wide range of people of color with different mental health disabilities including short quotes about their lives. We also talk about the invisibility of people of color in the media representation of mental illness and the need for greater cultural competence in mental health.

Book cover of The Color of My Mind: Mental Health Narratives from People of Color, Edited by Dior Vargas & Photography by Zackary McDowell. Photo with a red background featuring a woman of color with curly brown hair looking to the right of the camera. She is wearing a white shirt with a floral print.
Book cover of The Color of My Mind: Mental Health Narratives from People of Color, Edited by Dior Vargas & Photography by Zackary McDowell. Photo with a red background featuring a woman of color with curly brown hair looking to the right of the camera. She is wearing a white shirt with a floral print.

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About

Black and white photo of a Latina facing the camera with a serious face, her hair down, and wearing a black v-neck top.
Black and white photo of a Latina facing the camera with a serious face, her hair down, and wearing a black v-neck top. Photo credit: Norman Jean Roy.

Dior Vargas is a Latina Feminist Mental Health Activist, and the creator of the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project, a response to the invisibility of people of color in the media representation of mental illness. She tours the country giving keynotes, hosting workshops, and speaking on panels. Her work and insight have been covered in media outlets such as Forbes, Newsweek, NBC News Latino, and The Guardian. Dior is the recipient of numerous awards including, The White House Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy Across Generations. She is working towards a Master of Public Health at NYU’s College of Global Public Health.

Dior is the Editor of The Color Of My Mind, a photo essay based on her viral online photo series, “People Of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project,” launched in September, 2014.

The Color Of My Mind is now available for purchase: http://diorvargas.com/shop/book

Website: http://diorvargas.com

Twitter: @DiorVargas

Instagram: @Dior_Vargas

 

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Credits

Geraldine Ah-Sue, Audio Producer

Alice Wong, Writer, Producer, Interviewer

Cheryl Green, Text Transcript

Lateef McLeod, Introduction

Mike Mort, Artwork

Theme Music (used with permission of artist)

Song: “Dance Off”

Artist: Wheelchair Sports Camp

Music

Dirty Wallpaper” by Blue Dot Sessions (Dirty Wallpaper by Blue Dot Sessions is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License)

The Yards” by Blue Dot Sessions (The Yards by Blue Dot Sessions is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License)

Sounds

“VOCODER countdown” by Jack_Master. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons 0 License.

8 Bit Beeping Computer Sounds” by sheepfilms. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons 0 License.

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