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68: The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health

Mental health is wealth. Today Zuri is joined by Dr. Rheeda Walker to discuss the stigma of mental health within the Black community, how anxiety can take hold of our daily lives, how we can use psychological fortitude to begin our healing journeys, and her new book: The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health.

The conversation continues as Zuri, and Dr. Rheeda explore the toll of high-functioning depression amongst Black women, why we need to reject the stereotype of being the strong friend, and the rising trend of death by suicide within the Black community.

As July is BIPOC Mental Health Month, we want you to know that this episode is for everyone, regardless of race or ethnicity. There is something for everyone in this deeply meaningful, empowering, and informative episode.

If you feel triggered or need further assistance: The National Suicide Prevention and Crisis Lifeline is 988 or 800-273-TALK (8255)

Content Warning: 1:10:51

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Dr. Rheeda Walker is an award-winning Professor of psychology, fellow in the American Psychological Association, and author of The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health. She is also an expert scholar who has published more than 60 scientific papers on African American mental health, suicide risk, and emotional resilience.

Her latest book, The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health, is available now.

Connect with Dr. Rheeda: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

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If you loved this podcast episode, you’ll also love our first episode in our Protect Your Peace Series: Episode #1: How To Be Happy

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Zuri Hall is an Emmy award-winning TV host (Access Hollywood, American Ninja Warrior) and is the executive producer & host of this millennial-focused podcast that will empower women to avoid “best life burnout” through candid conversation, expert panel discussions, and real-life, human interest stories from everyday women.

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