“I Was Racing On The Highway Wanting To Die:” This Is What It’s Like To Be Depressed While Black

February 26, 2016  |  

As much as we say we need to eliminate the stigma of mental health in the Black community, many of us are still nowhere near as comfortable talking about our struggles with depression, thoughts of suicide, and other issues as Imade Nibokun. The North Carolina writer and activist is the creator of the blog, Depressed While Black in which “shares mental health stories from an African-American lens” and she’s also speaking out about her struggle on camera.

In light of Black Lives Matter activist MarShawn M. McCarrel’s suicide, Nibokun spoke out on the relationship between social justice and mental health in this video for mental health non-profit Project UROK, which is dedicated to de-stigmatizing mental illness, combating isolation, and reducing teen suicide. In the video, Nibokun also speaks candidly about her own experiences with depression, the stigma of mental illness in the black community, and how she got help:

“Now I recognize that I am worth mental health treatment, and it took a while to understand that, because growing up, I thought depression was a white person disease… that depression is just not something we do as Black people.”

But depression is in fact something we do as Black people and we need more individuals like Nibokun to come forward and remind us of that. Check out her touching video above.

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  • Kimberly Pearson

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  • Masterpieced

    No one has to know if a person goes to a therapist. Many insurance policies cover it.

  • Busty

    Been there!!! Jesus is the answer.i had professional help but it did not help til I found the Lord about a year and a half ago. It’s a process but I am different.

  • Very few of my African American neighbors wish to discuss this topic because sadly much of their depression is rooted to their childhood upbringing.

    Black *(Children’s)* Lives Matter; Take Pride In Parenting; *End Our National Epidemic of Child Abuse and Neglect*; End Community Violence, Police Fear & Educator’s Frustrations

  • provokethought

    Being a “strong Black woman” also means being strong enough to know when to get help outside of family and friends.

  • huh

    activist have some form of mental illness. why is that not surprising?

  • Hope In Another Land

    Imagine being 40 and not knowing what it looked like…. I flew my a to the hospital!

  • Dania Coleras

    yup i tried to jump out of a moving car on the freeway before

    • Masterpieced

      Thank God you did not succeed in jumping.

  • Shawntay Nomesayin

    Of course she is depressed. Deep down all sheboons know they are the ugliest, most repulsive, undesirable wretches on two legs. This one just had that knowledge kicked up into the peanut-sized conscious region of her simian brain.

    • Guest

      Of course trolls are pathetic. Deep down all razorbacks know that they are the most hideous, most disgusting, repellent hooveless swines on two legs. Just look at this cave dweller here for example, displaying its desperate need to validate its worthless existense by showcasing that extinct ancestor, the neanderthal beast brain in action.

      • Shawntay Nomesayin

        Ook ook, eek eek!

        • Guest

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  • Lex

    Troll alert ^^^

  • LogicOverEmotion

    Sandra Bland was affected too.

  • Lisa

    Depression affects everyone. Go get help if you need it.

    • Hope In Another Land

      Easier said than done. As people of color we are shamed into not admitting that we suffer from depression. It took me 30 years to admit it and get help.

      • Masterpieced

        People of color? Asian? Latino? Indian?

        • Hope In Another Land

          Black people.

          • Masterpieced

            Why not say Black people? “People of color” includes everyone except whites.

    • Masterpieced

      Right, others cover it up: overworking, compulsive shopping, binge eating, drinking, sleeping, etc.

  • MsMelodyMonroe

    Absolutely amazing and necessary. Thankful for her work.