“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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