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Ep 65: Black Mental Health


Today’s episode is about Black Mental Health with Imade Nibokun. Imade is a mental health advocate and the creator of Depressed While Black, a website featuring mental health stories from a Black lens. You’ll hear Imade talk about her experiences in the mental health system, missing narratives in Black mental health, and the need for culturally competent and peer-led care. Please note the following content warnings for this episode. You’ll hear mentions of forced medication, restraint, eugenics, medical trauma, coercion, suicidal ideation, and hospitalization.


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Related Links

Depressed While Black

Mental Health Association of San Francisco

Miller, Shannon. (March 28, 2019). The “Angry Black Woman” stereotype is making it damn near impossible for Black women to get mental health care. Hello Giggles.

Nibokun, Imade. (March 12, 2015). Depression Cops.

Piper, Yaasmeen. (November 25, 2019). Writing Toward Truth: Bassey Ikpi’s New Book Reckons with the Lies Mental Illness Weaves. Bitch Media.

Punjabi, Rajul. (June 4, 2019). Why Is It Still So Hard For Young People of Color to Get Therapy? Vice.

Nuala. (June 5, 2019). After Months of Contentious Arguments, S.F. Passes Mental Health Conservatorship Bill. SF Weekly.

Therapy for Black Girls.


Imade Nibokun, a Black woman with short hair smiling
Imade Nibokun, a Black woman with short hair smiling

Imade Nibokun is a writer and communications professional living in the Bay area. As a mental health advocate, Imade originally wrote Depressed While Black for her 2015 Columbia University MFA thesis. Imade later expanded Depressed While Black into an online community and an in-progress book that explores race, religion, and romance all while popping Prozac and navigating therapy.


Twitter: @DepressedWBlack

Instagram: @DepressedWhileBlack


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Alice Wong, Writer, Audio Producer, Host

Cheryl Green, Text Transcript

Lateef McLeod, Introduction

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