Ashlee spent most of her childhood trying to navigate life and find her place in the world. As AfroLatina, she found herself ostracized by those who didn’t deem her Black enough or Latina enough. She didn’t let criticism assuade her but when she began to experience depressive episodes, they became another issue that she didn’t want to be picked apart. So she made the decision to handle it independently. It worked for a few months but after dealing with depressive episodes, an unplanned pregnancy, a termination, and relationship issues, she found herself unable to cope any longer.
Meet Tro'juan Henderson, a writer and Lyft Community Associate in Dallas, TX. Some of you may be familiar with him after his video about sexual assault went viral on social media. We sat down for an interview about his experience with suicide and how we can begin shifting the narrative to better prevent suicide.
Too few of us grew up hearing sermons that mentioned things like depression or mental health. Instead, we were told to pray about it and leave it at the altar. But what if you followed all the proper protocol but still find yourself dealing with depression or bipolar disorder? Our special guest, Ashley Hobbs shares how her shame of depression stopped her from reaching out to her church community, fearful that a spiritual deficit would be identified as the cause. Listen to her story and how she found a supportive faith community.
We're all dealing with highs and lows in life. But sometimes, we need someone to check in and be there as we juggle life, work, and our mental health. Today's episode explores how to show up for friends & family and discuss the "elephant in the room."
It's easy to hide our shame and hurt in the shadows as we grow accustomed to wearing masks to convince others that we're "fine." All the while, we're carrying pasts of abuse, suicidal thoughts, and mental illness. But Ka'Lyn Banks-Coghill isn't silencing her pain any longer. Check out her interview about how she addresses her childhood trauma and leads a full life with mental illness.