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Sunday, January 21, 2018
HomeHealth“Being Strong is Killing us. Retire the Strong Black Women, & Super Masculine Black Man” Nikki Webber Allen #WorldMentalHealthDay

“Being Strong is Killing us. Retire the Strong Black Women, & Super Masculine Black Man” Nikki Webber Allen #WorldMentalHealthDay

I always eyeball what’s trending on Twitter when I check my account first thing in the morning. Trending today is   I clicked on the hashtag to see what people were tweeting about globally.

I landed at this Tweet from @FRESHSpeakers and took their advice. I had to get my workday going and we all know how you can get sucked into more time reading smart posts about things that interest you.  I watched this TED talk by Ms. Nkki Webber Allen and felt compelled to share it here on HealthCetera.

Nikki Webber Allen is a mMultimedia producer and is working to create a safe space for honest conversations about mental health in communities of color.

Having feelings isn’t a sign of weakness — they mean we’re human, says producer and activist Nikki Webber Allen. Even after being diagnosed with anxiety and depression, Webber Allen felt too ashamed to tell anybody, keeping her condition a secret until a family tragedy revealed how others close to her were also suffering. In this important talk about mental health, she speaks openly about her struggle — and why communities of color must undo the stigma that misreads depression as a weakness and keeps sufferers from getting help.

As it’s , teach yourself a new fact about mental illness. The more the world knows, the more we reduce the stigma

Be kind to others. Listen to their stories. Support them to seek professional help. Keep checking in with them. Tell them they matter.


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Barbara Glickstein is a co-director of the GW Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, as well as a nurse, media guru and activist in New York City. She is the chairman of the board of Project Kesher and a consultant to many health care organizations and creative projects. She tweets and 'grams @blickstein.

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