Mental Health

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READ: Black Scholars and Healers Use Psychedelics to Treat Race-Based Trauma

A look at the history of hallucinogenic substances in Black communities, and the current efforts to employ them for healing.

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STUDY: Police Killings of Unarmed Black People Traumatize Black Communities

Co-author Atheendar S. Venkataramani: “It’s really about all the kinds of insidious ways that structural racism can make people sick.”

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LISTEN: 'Aftereffect' Recounts How Institutions Fail People With Disabilities

A new podcast explores the story of Arnaldo Rios Soto, an autistic man whose life turned upside down after a police officer shot his unarmed behavioral aide. 

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WATCH: Kofi Siriboe Doc On Black Millennials' Mental Health

“Making ‘WTF Is Mental Health?’ has been a part of a healing process for me, one I’m still exploring.”

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Junot Díaz Opens Up About Sexual Abuse, Healing in New Essay

“More than being Dominican, more than being an immigrant, more, even, than being of African descent, my rape defined me.”

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A No-Context Moment of Catharsis

A gift, from us to you.

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100,000 U.S. Prisoners Are Trapped in Isolation Units. 'Solitary' Author and Forensic Psychiatrist Terry Kupers Explains Why

In his stark new book, “Solitary: The Inside Story of Supermax Isolation and How We Can Abolish It,” veteran forensic psychiatrist Terry Allen Kupers explores the rise of supermax prisons, the normalization of long-term solitary confinement, and how isolation damages people’s psyches. He talks to Colorlines about  what race has to do with it and more. 

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READ: How Mental Health Training for Cops Saves Lives

A quarter of this year’s fatal police interactions involved victims dealing with mental illness.

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PHOTO ESSAY: The Artist's Way to Self Care

In her photo and interview series “Chrysalis,” Nigerian-American photographer Biance M.S. Alebiosu explores how Black artists practice self-care. 

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Rep. Ted Lieu May Introduce Bill That Requires a Mental Health Pro in the White House

“Clearly, to me, when you have a president that lies pathologically, that believes in alternative facts, it suggests to me there is a problem.”

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Black Millennials Confront Mental Illness, Identity Crises in 'Giants' Web Series

The Jussie Smollett-produced drama premieres tonight on Issa Rae’s YouTube channel.

NYPD Sergeant Fatally Stuns Ariel Galarza

Officers were responding to the home of a man with a knife who “appeared emotionally disturbed.”

Oakland Program Boosts Academic Performance for Students of Color, Looks to Expand

Seneca Family of Agencies’ “Unconditional Education” model improved kids math, reading, attendance and discipline.

Racial Justice Org Condemns St. Louis Officials for Not Indicting Killer Cops

Organization for Black Struggle regarding the death of Kajieme Powell at the hands of St. Louis police: “Police authorities should not be the community’s only resource when mental and social service crisis happen.”

Police Kill Mentally Ill Native American Man, Protestors Demand Justice

Denver police shot and killed Paul Castaway, 35, a Lakota Sioux man. Officers say they shot him after he came “dangerously close” while holding a long knife, but witnesses say otherwise.

Project Aims to Put a Face on People of Color Dealing With Mental Illness

Dior Vargas wants to counter the narrative that mental illness is a white thing. 

This People of Color and Mental Illness Project Will Move You

Dior Vargas, a Latina feminist mental health activist, is out to break stigmas.

Study: Where Stop-and-Frisk Goes, Trauma Follows

In the first survey of young men on stop-and-frisk’s impact on their mental health.

Misty Upham's Family Says Cops Taunted Actress About Mental Illness

Her body was found late last week.

The Heartbreaking Story of Josh Marks, Chicago's MasterChef

The reality TV star’s demise shows the barriers that black Americans face when trying to seek help for mental illnesses.