High Functioning Depression in Black Women

Distrust & Disparities: Dismantling Black Health Disparities

High Functioning Depression in Black Women

May 19, 2023

High Functioning Depression in Black Women

Content Warning: We discuss suicide, suicidal ideations, depression, and other triggering mental health illnesses in this episode, listener discretion is advised.

In this episode we discuss two cases of suicide within our community and how depression goes underdiagnosed and undertreated in Black women. And we provide resources for seeking treatment with culturally competent mental health professionals. 

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Crisis Hotlines

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline – Call or Text 988

Crisis Text Line – Text HOME to 741741

Mental Health Directories

Therapy for Black Girls

Melanin & Mental Health

Book Recommendations

Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself by Nedra Glover Tawwab

Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery by bell hooks

Healing Justice Lineages: Dreaming at the Crossroads of Liberation, Collective Care, and Safety by Cara Page & Erica Woodland 


Family speaks after mother Ethel Steele, 3 children found dead in apparent murder-suicide in Winston-Salem by Queen City News

Mother of former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst says pageant queen hid depression by NBC News

We need to talk about Black women and high-functioning depression by TheGrio

Depression May Look Different in Black Women by NYU

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