Black People Die By Suicide Too Podcast

T-Kea Blackman and Jordan Scott

Black People Die By Suicide Too Podcast  (formerly Fireflies Unite Podcast with Kea) is hosted by T-Kea Blackman and Jordan Scott. Their mission is simple; normalize the conversation about suicide in the Black community, provide hope, and resources.  New episodes are available bi-weekly on Wednesdays.


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Underrated New Year’s Resolutions: Mental Health Goals
Jan 1 2018
Underrated New Year’s Resolutions: Mental Health Goals
It's the start of the new year and many of us have goals that we want to accomplish. We set goals such as losing weight, rebuilding credit, saving or maybe we want to start a business. While all of our goals are certainty obtainable we tend to forget to focus on goals that improve our mental and emotional health. Kea discusses goals that will enhance your mental health while providing encouragement and resources. 8 Ways Forgiveness is Good For Your Health Huffington Post Article:https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/25/forgiveness-health-benefits_n_6029736.htmlFireflies Website:www.firefliesunite.com Join the conversation and get social!Facebook Closed Group: Fireflies Unite: Healthy Minds: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1714131805325103/Facebook Fan Page:https://www.facebook.com/firefliespod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/FirefliespodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/Firefliespod/Therapist Shout-Out: Dr. Tameka Tucker, Inceptus Psychological & Consulting Services in Washington, DC and Alexandria, VAWebsite: http://inceptuspsych.com/Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.- Lao TzuProclamation Of Forgiveness:Today, I am forgiving (person’s name) for (what did they do?). I am releasing hate, guilt, and pity, and embracing love, peace and serenity. I am no longer holding myself in bondage. I am free.5 Mental Health Goals to Incorporate Into the New Yearhttps://themighty.com/2017/12/mental-health-goals-2018/All podcast inquiries: podcast@firefliesunite.comSupport the Show.
Black Girl Boss: Depression & Entrepreneurship Featuring Candice Nicole, Lauren Carson & Dr. Taylor
Jan 15 2018
Black Girl Boss: Depression & Entrepreneurship Featuring Candice Nicole, Lauren Carson & Dr. Taylor
Many times, we see black women who are social influencers and entrepreneurs that are thriving in all of their black girl magic, but we have no idea of what goes on beneath the surface. In this episode, Kea shares the story of two amazing black women who struggle with the illness of major depressive disorder yet are still thriving in their businesses. She speaks with Candice Nicole of Candice Nicole PR and Lauren Carson of Black Girls Smile, Inc. Dr. Taylor of Minding My Black Business offers tips, resources and strategies to help entrepreneurs maintain a healthy mind and business.Lauren Carson, Black Girls Smile, IncWebsite: www.blackgirlssmile.orgEmail: lcarson@blackgirlssmile.org Candice Nicole, CNPRWebsite: www.candicenicolepr.com Email: candice@candicenicolepr.comDr. Taylor: Minding My Black BusinessWebsite: http://mindingmyblackbusiness.com/Dr. Taylor’s PracticeWesbite: http://www.taylorcounselingconsultingservices.com/ 5 Tips for Black Girl Bosses To Manage Their Mental Healthhttps://21ninety.com/5-tips-for-black-girl-bosses-to-manage-their-mental-healthGolden Krust CEO Article http://firefliesunite.com/blog/black-people-financial-education-and-career-success-does-not-exempt-you-from-mental-illness Therapist Shout-Out: Hope ColemanHope in Her Organization Website: http://www.hopeinher.com/ Hope Coleman’s Direct Website: http://www.hopecoleman.com/ Email: letstalk@hopeinher.comLocated in Baton Rouge, LASupport the Show.
The Connection Between Mental Illness & Homelessness Featuring Lauren Hope & La Shawn Paul
Jan 22 2018
The Connection Between Mental Illness & Homelessness Featuring Lauren Hope & La Shawn Paul
What do you do when you have a rising career as a news reporter, in a depressive episode and become homeless? Well, that is the story of Lauren Hope of Good Girl Chronicles. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 20 to 25% of the homeless population in the United States suffers from some form of severe mental illness. Serious mental illnesses disrupt people’s ability to carry out essential aspects of daily life, such as self-care and household management. Mental illnesses may also prevent people from forming and maintaining stable relationships or cause people to misinterpret others’ guidance and react irrationally. This often results in pushing away caregivers, family, and friends who may be the force keeping that person from becoming homeless. As a result, these factors and the stresses of living with a mental disorder, people with mentally illnesses are much more likely to become homeless than the general population. In this episode, Kea interviewed Lauren and learns more about her story, and the connection between mental illness and homelessness. During the mind, body and soulness segment, La Shawn Paul of Social Work Diva offers insight on how to unpack trauma such as homelessness. Lauren was featured on CBS 6, check it out here:http://wtvr.com/2017/10/23/once-silent-woman-battling-depression-using-voice-to-help-others-survival-is-a-choice/Lauren Hope’s Bloghttp://goodgirlchapters.blogspot.com/ Lauren’s Facebook: Good Girl Chronicles LLCLauren’s Twitter: @laurenhope84Lauren’s Instagram: @laurenhopespeaksSocial Work DivaWebsite: http://www.socialworkdiva.com/#home Instagram: @socialworkdivaTherapist Shout-out: Northside CenterLocated In: East Harlem, New York and have various locations throughout New York Website: https://www.northsidecenter.org/ National Coalition for Homelesshttp://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/Mental_Illness.pdfSupport the Show.
Suicide Will Send You To Hell: Mental Illness, Suicide & The Church Featuring Pastor Alnicia Gibson, Pastor Xavier Small & Kiaundra Jackson
Jan 29 2018
Suicide Will Send You To Hell: Mental Illness, Suicide & The Church Featuring Pastor Alnicia Gibson, Pastor Xavier Small & Kiaundra Jackson
The highly requested and anticipated episode entitled 'Suicide Will Send You To Hell: Mental Illness, Suicide & The Church' is now live, featuring Pastor Alnicia Gibson who lives with bipolar disorder and Pastor Xavier Small who battled depression.  During the mind, body and soulness segment, Kiaundra Jackson, a licensed therapist who offers faith-based counseling recommends how the church and mental health professionals can work together.Reference/Links: Saved & Depressed: A Real Conversation About Faith & Mental Health https://urbanfaith.com/2017/03/saved-depressed-real-conversation-faith-mental-health.html/ Why Are Pastors Committing Suicide?https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/why-pastors-are-committing-suicide/Pastor Alnicia GibsonBlessed To Be Gifted Ministry Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blessedtobegiftedministry/ Pastor Alnicia Gibson’s Email: blessed2begifted@gmail.com Pastor Xavier SmallTwitter: @JusCallMeRevInstagram: @JusCallMeRevBlog: https://theroguestormtrooper.wordpress.com/ Kiaundra Jackson, LMFTWebsite: www.kwcouplestherapy.comEmail: kiaundra@kwcouplestherapy.comIInstagram & Facebook: @KiaundraJacksonKiaundra’s Books:Staying Sane in an Insane World: A Prescription for Even Better Mental Healthhttps://www.amazon.com/Staying-Sane-Insane-World-Prescription-ebook/dp/B074VGFWBD/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1511820363&sr=1-1&keywords=staying+sane+in+an+insane+worldThe Art of Healthy Relationshipshttps://www.amazon.com/Art-Relationships-Components-Relationship-Should-ebook/dp/B074FB2BSS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1511820298&sr=8-1&keywords=the+art+of+healthy+relationshipsTherapist Shout-Out: Trinity Life Solutions of Northwest Florida Website: https://www.tlstherapy.com/ Where to find Fireflies Unite?Fireflies Unite: Healthy Minds Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/firefliespodClosed Facebook Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1714131805325103/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Firefliespod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/firefliespod/Support the Show.
Do Therapists Need Therapy?...Featuring Shivonne Odom of Akoma Counseling Concepts
Feb 5 2018
Do Therapists Need Therapy?...Featuring Shivonne Odom of Akoma Counseling Concepts
Kea comes from the school of thought that everybody needs a therapist, and this includes therapists too. Whether they have experienced trauma, have a mental illness or not, therapy is beneficial to them as well. As therapists are sitting in sessions listening to their clients, it can take a toll on them if they do not take care of themselves. But, what happens when a therapist who experienced trauma and has a mental illness? How do they help your clients? During this episode, Kea interviews Shivonne Odom. She is the visionary of Akoma Counseling Concepts, LLC that specializes in maternal mental health. Due to her sexual assault, she battled with anxiety, depression and panic disorders. Learn more about her story and dedication to ensure girls, women and mothers are mentally healthy. The mind, body and soulness segment offers insight on how essential oils can help you manage your mental health.References/Links:Shivonne Odom, Akoma Counseling, LLC.Website: https://www.akomacounselingconcepts.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/AkomaCounseling Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shivonneAKC/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/akoma_counseling/ Therapist Shout-out: Jaynay C. Johnson, Teen Therapy TalkWebsite: https://www.teentherapytalk.com/dear-teen-self Based in Philadelphia, PAEssential Oils Research: https://draxe.com/essential-oils-guide/https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/aromatherapy/how-do-essential-oils-work Purchase Essential Oils: https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/c/essential-oil-products/singles http://www.gnc.com/personal-care/aromatherapy/essential-oils/Where to find Fireflies Unite?Facebook Closed Group: Fireflies Unite: Healthy Minds Facebook Fan Page: Fireflies Unite (@firefliespod)https://www.facebook.com/groups/1714131805325103/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Firefliespod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/firefliespod/ Support the Show.
It's Levels To This: Medication For Mental Illness Featuring Dr. Doomes & Dr. Glover of the Thrive Mindfulness Project
Feb 12 2018
It's Levels To This: Medication For Mental Illness Featuring Dr. Doomes & Dr. Glover of the Thrive Mindfulness Project
In the words to Meek Mills “It’s levels to this”, said Dr. Glover referring to mental illness during her interview. “You would never tell someone who broke their ankle to smoke weed and their ankle will heal on its own.”So many times we hear that taking medication for mental illness is for crazy people or it will make you feel like a zombie. It actually discouraged Kea for taking medication. According to an article by NBC, one in six Americans take psychotropic medication---mostly antidepressants. This week's episodes address taking medication for mental illness with two psychiatrists of the Thrive Mindfulness Project, Dr. Doomes and Dr. Glover. Medical & Mental Health Terms:Psychotropic medications: any medication that is used to treat a mental disorder (encompasses meds for anxiety, depression, bipolar and psychotic disorders)Psychologist: One who has a doctorate in psychology (either a Ph.D. or a Psy.D)Psychiatrist: A type of physician. One who attended medical school then did a four-year residency in psychiatry, a medical specialty focusing on mind-body interactions and mental disorders and license to medication.Psychiatric NP: nurse-practitioners who are licensed to prescribe medicationsTherapist: Can be a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker trained in psychotherapy, LMFT (licensed marriage and family therapist) or LMHC (licensed mental health counselor). Each of the above professionals has a different and distinct way of training and length of time spent in training. Typically, psychiatrists and psychologists spend the most years in training and/or research. Psychologists are usually extensively trained in psychotherapy. Psychiatrists are trained in psychotherapy and in medical and mental health disorders. Therapist Shout-Out: Marline Francois Madden, founder, owner and therspist of Hearts Empowerment Counseling CenterHearts Empowerment Counseling Center (HECC) is a therapy practice located in Montclair, New Jersey that provides a safe space for women and adolescent girls through individual, group and family therapy. Website: https://www.heartsempowerment.com/Girls Brunch and Bond Link: https://www.brunchandbond.com/Where to find Fireflies Unite? Facebook Closed Group: Fireflies Unite: Healthy Minds https://www.facebook.com/groups/1714131805325103/ Facebook Fan Page: Fireflies Unite (@firefliespod) Twitter: https://twitter.com/Firefliespod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/firefliespod/References/Links:NBC News Article: https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/one-6-americans-take-antidepressants-other-psychiatric-drugs-n695141 Huffington Post Article: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/16/women-and-prescription-drug-use_n_1098023.html Psych Central Article: https://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/11/02/the-vicious-cycle-of-poverty-and-mental-health/Let’s Erase The Stigma Article: http://www.letserasethestigma.com/african-american-mental-health/ 27 Reasons To Use Aluminum Free Deodoranthttps://mynaturaldeodorant.com/27-reasons-to-use-aluminum-free-deodorant/Support the Show.
Why Hollywood Must Tackle Mental Health?: Featuring Giants Cast Member Vanessa Baden Kelly
Feb 19 2018
Why Hollywood Must Tackle Mental Health?: Featuring Giants Cast Member Vanessa Baden Kelly
Where are my late 80's & early 90’s babies? I had the pleasure of interviewing Vanessa Baden Kelly. She formerly played in some of our favorite 90’s children TV Shows such as Kenan & Kel and Gullah Gullah Island on Nickelodeon. Vanessa currently plays the character Journee who battles bipolar disorder on Giants which is executive produced by FOX’s Empire Jussie Smollett. You can see Giants, it premieres on Wednesday, February 21st on Issa Rae’s YouTube Channel. Therapist Shout-Out: New Vision Counseling Center: http://www.newvisioncounselingcenter.com/index.html Located in Smyrna and Douglasville, GAWhere to find Fireflies Unite? Facebook Closed Group: Fireflies Unite: Healthy Minds https://www.facebook.com/groups/1714131805325103/ Facebook Fan Page: Fireflies Unite (@firefliespod) Twitter: https://twitter.com/Firefliespod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/firefliespod/References/Links: 3 Shows Normalizing Black Mental Health (and Doing It Well)https://themighty.com/2018/01/tv-television-shows-normalizing-mental-health-illness/ Medical Definition of Manic-depressionhttps://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=4273 Giants Website: https://giantstheseries.com/ Giants Social Media:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/giantstheseries/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/giantstheseries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/giantstheseries/ Watch Giants On Issa Rae’s YouTube Channel:https://youtu.be/jZQdQLzm8GM Support the Show.
Don't Suffer From Your Depression In Silence Featuring Emmy Award Winner & I Love For Founder Nikki Webber Allen
Feb 26 2018
Don't Suffer From Your Depression In Silence Featuring Emmy Award Winner & I Love For Founder Nikki Webber Allen
Kea interviewed Emmy Award-winning and I Live For founder Nikki Webber Allen about millennials of color impacted by mental illness. Unfortunately, Nikki lost her nephew Paul R. Webber V to suicide yet found her strength by starting an organization I Live For (ILF) and its mission is to end mental health stigma in communities starting with millennials of color. Through short films, live events and social media, ILF informs, inspires and connects by creating a safe space for honest, unapologetic conversations about mental health. She found that one in four people in the world and one in five Americans will develop a mental disorder in their lifetime. People from marginalized communities have a higher risk factor. Suicide is the third leading cause of death of black males ages 15-24. Latina teens have the highest rate of suicide attempts of all teenage girls. In 50% of mental health cases, the onset starts around age 14. Three-quarters of the cases are people who are 24 years old or younger Nikki participated in a must see TED talk and it has over one million views. During the mind, body and wellness segment, Kea discussed the negative impacts of social media on one's mental health and offer tips on manage your mental health. She also open about when social media was a HUGE trigger for her. Where to find Fireflies Unite? Facebook Closed Group: Fireflies Unite: Healthy Minds https://www.facebook.com/groups/1714131805325103/ Facebook Fan Page: Fireflies Unite (@firefliespod) Twitter: https://twitter.com/Firefliespod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/firefliespod/ Reference/Links: Major Depression Disorder https://www.psycom.net/depression.central.major.html Generalized Anxiety Disorder https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/generalized-anxiety-disorder-gad/symptoms Nikki Webber Allen www.ilivefor.org Nikki’s TED Talk https://www.ted.com/talks/nikki_webber_allen_don_t_suffer_from_your_depression_in_silence Social Media & Mental Health Research http://theconversation.com/social-media-can-be-bad-for-youth-mental-health-but-there-are-ways-it-can-help-87613 Therapist Shout-Out: The Relationship Boosters http://therelationshipboosters.com/category/podcast/ Located in Laurel, MD Kea’s Shows: Arlington, VA-This Is My Brave Show Tickets (March 18, 2018): https://app.mobilecause.com/form/NC6d_g Donate To Kea’s Page For This Is My Brave Show: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/STAGE/TKeaBlackman Wilmington, DE-Mending Women Ministry Conference (March 23, 2018): Please email Pastor Rosalind Adger at pastorraadger@aol.com for tickets and hotel rooms. Washington, DC-Still I Rise(March 24), Event is FREE but please register https://www.eventbrite.com/e/still-i-rise-tickets-43264336796?aff=es2Support the Show.
I Hear Voices: Let's Talk About Schizophrenia Featuring Life Coach & Self Care Strategist Latisha Carr
Mar 5 2018
I Hear Voices: Let's Talk About Schizophrenia Featuring Life Coach & Self Care Strategist Latisha Carr
How do you respond when your mother has a mental illness that causes her to hear voices? Schizophrenia it is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels and behaves. According to a study on race and risk of schizophrenia, it was found that African Americans are about three more likely than whites to be diagnosed with schizophrenia. Kea explores the mental illness of schizophrenia with Life Coach Latisha “Tish” Carr. Tish shares what it was like going up with her mother who battles schizophrenia. During the mind, body and soulness segment, Kea encourages us to move away from words and phrases that perpetrate the mental health stigma and prevent people from seeking treatment. Phases like "The weather is acting bipolar" is unacceptable. She also wrote a blog post on using mental diagnoses as adjectives and you can view by clicking the link below. http://firefliesunite.com/blog/please-stop-using-mental-illnesses-as-adjectives References/Links:Kea's EventsMarch 10: NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo (FREE)https://www.networkevents.tv/events/nbc4-health-fitness-expo-washington-dc/ March 18: This Is My Brave (Tickets: $20)https://app.mobilecause.com/form/NC6d_g March 24: Still I Rise One Year Anniversary (FREE)https://www.eventbrite.com/e/still-i-rise-tickets-43264336796?aff=es2 STUDY: Race and risk of schizophrenia in a US birth cohort: another example of health disparityhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17440031 Therapist Shout-out:Natalie Ambrose located in Harahan, LAhttps://www.ambrosetherapy.com/index.html Latisha CarrWebsite: http://www.wheredoyoudream.com/ Where Do You Dream Twitter: https://twitter.com/wheredoyoudream Latisha Twitter: https://twitter.com/Tishy_Poo Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheredoyoudream/ Where Do You Dream Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wheredoyoudream Support the Show.
Be Brave: Storytelling Saves Lives Featuring This Is My Brave Founder Jennifer Marshall & Producer Kate Mallow
Mar 12 2018
Be Brave: Storytelling Saves Lives Featuring This Is My Brave Founder Jennifer Marshall & Producer Kate Mallow
This Is My Brave Founder Jennifer Marshall says, “One day, we're not gonna have to call talking about mental illness brave, we will simply call it talking.” This week, Kea speaks with Jennifer and Kate of This Is My Brave. Jennifer and Kate share their personal stories, the mission of This Is My Brave, talk about the upcoming show and tell you how to get involved. This Is My Brave, Inc. is the leading platform for individuals to share their story of overcoming mental illness through creative expression. During the mind, body and soulness segment, Kea encourages you to live in your truth and gives you homework to start your healing process.References/Links:This Is My Brave Website: https://thisismybrave.org/ Kea’s This Is My Brave Show Tickets:https://app.mobilecause.com/form/NC6d_g Kea’s This Is My Brave Donation Page Link: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/STAGE/TKeaBlackman This Is My Brave Promo:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77Yuy1tf3bsStill I Rise: One Year Anniversary (Kea will be speaking on a panel)https://www.eventbrite.com/e/still-i-rise-tickets-43264336796?aff=es2 Where to find Fireflies Unite? Facebook Closed Group: Fireflies Unite: Healthy Minds https://www.facebook.com/groups/1714131805325103/ Facebook Fan Page: Fireflies Unite (@firefliespod) Twitter: https://twitter.com/Firefliespod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/firefliespod/Support the Show.
Black Girls: Trauma, Social Media & Bullying Featuring Marline Madden Francois
Mar 19 2018
Black Girls: Trauma, Social Media & Bullying Featuring Marline Madden Francois
With recent stories such as Ashawnty Davis (10) and Imani McCray (8) dying by suicide, it is time to talk about our beautiful black princesses. While social media has the benefit of allowing us to stay connected, it has been shown to increase symptoms of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts among girls. This episode is so necessary!Meet the expert! Marline Francois-Madden is the owner of Hearts Empowerment Counseling Center, phenomenal public speaker, and entrepreneur. With over 13 years of clinical experience, she has become a sought-after expert in mental health, trauma, self-care, and girls leadership. Marline has shared her expertise at dozens of universities, colleges, community organizations, churches and conferences— including the Congressional Black Caucus for Women and Girls. Her organization, Far More Precious, has awarded $2,500 in scholarships to minority girls since 2013 and continues to educate young women ages 14 - 19 to dream beyond the barriers they face to reach their fullest potential. Empowerment isn’t what she does, it’s who she is.During the mind, body and soulness segment, Kea discussed "Why Watching 'Black Panther' Was a Form of Self-Care as a Woman of Color" and how representation impacts our mental health.References/Links:Marline’s PracticeHearts Empowerment Counseling Center is located in Montclair, NJhttps://www.heartsempowerment.com/ Marline’s Articlehttps://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-trauma-is-affecting-our-black-girls_us_57e3478fe4b05d3737be54b4 Teen Brunch Tour (stops in NYC, NJ, Philadelphia, Baltimore & DC) Please refer to link for dateshttps://www.brunchandbond.com Georgetown Law Studyhttps://www.law.georgetown.edu/news/press-releases/Black-Girls-Viewed-As-Less-Innocent-Than-White-Girls-Georgetown-Law-Research-Finds.cfm Therapist Shout-Out:Dansberry Counseling located in Richmond Hts, MO https://www.dansberrycounseling.com/ Why Black Panther Was A Form of Self Care For Me As A Women Of Color?https://themighty.com/2018/03/black-panther-good-for-black-mental-health/Good Morning Washington Interview http://wjla.com/features/good-morning-washington/this-is-my-brave-storytelling-saving-livesStill I Rise: One Year Anniversaryhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/still-i-rise-tickets-43264336796?aff=es2Where to find Fireflies Unite? Facebook Closed Group: Fireflies Unite: Healthy Minds https://www.facebook.com/groups/1714131805325103/ Facebook Fan Page: Fireflies Unite (@firefliespod) Twitter: https://twitter.com/Firefliespod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/firefliespod/Support the Show.
Sister & Brother, Hannah & Charlie Launched The NotOk App For Children With Mental Health Concerns
Mar 26 2018
Sister & Brother, Hannah & Charlie Launched The NotOk App For Children With Mental Health Concerns
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by excessive, persistent and unrealistic worry, and caused by genetic factors, brain chemistry and personality. In fact, 40 million people in the United States are affected by an anxiety disorder, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. This week's episode discusses generalized anxiety disorder verses experiencing a normal amount of anxiety. Learn about the five types of anxiety disorders.The notOk app could be the answer that parents and guardians have been waiting for. It provides your child with help when they do not know the right words to express their emotions. If your child is stressed, depressed, loneliness or struggling with anxiety, help is at their fingertips by simply pressing one button. To program the app on your child’s phone, register five trusted contacts and the app will alert the individuals that they have been listed as a trusted contact.Created by brother and sister, Charlie and Hannah Lucas saw the need to design the notOk app. Hannah was diagnosed with POTS, a medical condition that often causes her to faint. Because of POTS, she battled with depression, anxiety and self-harm. After watching his older sister struggle with her health, Charlie (also referred as “tech support in his family”) had no idea how to help his sister. Learn more about Hannah and Charlie on today's episode during the mind, body and soulness segment. The notOk app is available on all Apple and Android devices. References/Links:NotOk App Website:https://www.notokapp.com/ Follow the Notok app on Twitter & Instagram @notokappTherapist Shout-Out:Irene Summers Temple, PhD located in Rapid City, SDWebsite: https://www.irenestphd.com/ 7 Things People With Generalized Anxiety Disorder Wish Others Would Stop Sayinghttps://themighty.com/2016/05/what-not-to-say-to-someone-with-generalized-anxiety-disorder-2/ Five Types Of Anxiety Disordershttps://www.hhs.gov/answers/mental-health-and-substance-abuse/what-are-the-five-major-types-of-anxiety-disorders/index.htmlNormal Anxiety Versus Generalized Anxiety Disorderhttps://www.verywellmind.com/the-difference-between-normal-anxiety-and-gad-1393143Learn more about POTS:http://www.dysautonomiainternational.org/pdf/10FactsTeens.pdfSupport the Show.
(Pt. 1) Creating A Support System After A Suicide Attempt Featuring Elizabeth "Liz" McCreary
Apr 2 2018
(Pt. 1) Creating A Support System After A Suicide Attempt Featuring Elizabeth "Liz" McCreary
Many people may look at Kea on social media and say "She looks so happy" but it did not happen overnight. Those in her support system (TEAM KEA) will tell you that it has been a rocky road. She still have rough moments but they are NOTHING compared to her previous dark days. She has healthy coping strategies to get her through, an amazing therapist and of course, TEAM KEA!In this episode, a member of TEAM KEA, Liz shares what this journey has been like for her and how creating a support system is vital in recovery. Liz and Kea met during her tenure as a contractor for BET Networks. They had an instant connection and their relationship flourished overtime. Liz is more than a friend, she is a big sister and at times, she turns on her momma-bear hat (when needed). Simply put, she is truly family! For those who do not know, Liz was the person who called the police when Kea informed her about my suicide attempt.During the mind, body and soulness segment, Kea share tips on creating a support system based on a blog post I wrote entitled "4 Tips When Creating A Support System When You Have A Mental Illness."References/Links: American Psychiatric Association’s 2014 Stress in America Survey On Benefits Of Support Systemhttps://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2014/stress-report.pdf Four Tips To Building A Support Systemhttp://firefliesunite.com/blog/4-tips-when-creating-a-support-system-when-you-have-a-mental-illness Therapist Shout-Out:Maraki Psychology Center located in New Brunswick, NJhttps://www.merakipsychologycenter.com/ National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI)www.nami.org Support the Show.
Finding Balance: Mom-preneur & Mental Wellness Featuring Myisha T of Brown Sisters Speak
Apr 16 2018
Finding Balance: Mom-preneur & Mental Wellness Featuring Myisha T of Brown Sisters Speak
Are you a mom who wants to start a business or already have a business and driving to find balance? This episode shares the story of founder of Brown Sisters Speak Myisha T who was diagnosed with cyclothymia that later turned into bipolar disorder. She also experienced and postpartum psychosis. Myisha T shares her story, tips on finding balance, mental wellness as a mom and entrepreneur. References/links:Myisha T’s personal website www.myishat.comBrown Sisters Speakwww.brownsistersspeak.usSide Walk Talkwww.sidewalk-talk.orgLearn more about Zones of Regulation: http://www.zonesofregulation.com/index.html Learn more about cyclothymia: https://www.psycom.net/depression.central.cyclothymia.html Learn more about postpartum psychosis: http://www.postpartum.net/learn-more/postpartum-psychosis/ Business Resources: Small Business Associationhttp://www.usasbe.org/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMImJOe8r6S2gIV0luGCh33ygXIEAAYAyAAEgJQK_D_BwE Scorehttps://www.score.org/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6LzdjL-S2gIVA2SGCh3P_gaWEAAYAyAAEgK6H_D_BwE Therapist Shout-Out: Sisterhood Wellness and Family Counseling (Based In Plainfield, IL)Website: http://www.sisterhoodwellnessandfamilycounseling.com/ Get Social About Mental Health & Connect With Kea: Fireflies Unite: Healthy Minds Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1714131805325103/ Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/firefliespod Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/firefliespod Support the Show.
“Stop Acting Like A Girl”: Black Men, Mental Health & Sexuality Featuring Kenny Jones
Apr 23 2018
“Stop Acting Like A Girl”: Black Men, Mental Health & Sexuality Featuring Kenny Jones
Why do we tell our black boys to stop crying or acting like a girl? It diminishes their voice and forces them  hold everything inside. It is time we allow our black boys and men to cry and express their thoughts and feelings. In this episode, Kea speaks with book coach and motivational speaker Kenny Jones. Kenny shares his story with coming out as a gay black man, battling depression and being overweight. Author of the Amazon International Best Selling book Comeback Season; the Untapped Art of Mastering Your Resilience, Kenny empowers entrepreneurs, dreamers and doers, to embrace their personal stories as the core of their success; no matter how difficult or unpopular. He speaks candidly about how to turn pain into purpose while healing from revealing. Now an entrepreneur and life enthusiast, his approach is realistic and deeply personal has positioned numerous authors, entrepreneurs, and humans to own their stories.During the mind, body and soulness segment, Kea discusses the benefits of mediation to improve your mental health. References/Links:Kenny Jones Websitehttp://kjspeakseasy.com/ Connect with Kenny on social media:Twitter: https://twitter.com/KJ_SpeaksEasy/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1354111858045665/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/a_new_k3n/ Guided Mediation AppsCalm: https://www.calm.com/ Headspace: https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app Black Men Mental Health Articles: Mental Health in the Black Community: Why the #TyreseChallenge Is Not Funnyhttps://themighty.com/2017/11/why-the-tyresechallenge-is-not-funny/ Heavy is the Head That Wears the Crown: Black Men and Mental Illnesshttps://www.essence.com/2016/06/22/black-men-mentall-illness-heavy-head-wears-crownSupport the Show.
Break-Ups and Divorce and Its Impact On Your Mental Health Featuring Chaute Thompson
Apr 30 2018
Break-Ups and Divorce and Its Impact On Your Mental Health Featuring Chaute Thompson
This week's episode was requested by one of the fireflies (listeners). This episode addresses how to break-ups and divorce impact your mental health. Chautè Thompson joins the podcast and shares ways to take care of your mental health during this time. During the mind, body and soulness segment, Kea discussed four tips to push past fear. This week's episode was requested by one of the fireflies (listeners). This episode addresses how to break-ups and divorce impact your mental health. Chautè Thompson joins the podcast and shares ways to take care of your mental health during this time. During the mind, body and soulness segment, Kea discussed four tips to push past fear. This week's episode was requested by one of the fireflies (listeners). This episode addresses how to break-ups and divorce impact your mental health. Chautè Thompson joins the podcast and shares ways to take care of your mental health during this time. During the mind, body and soulness segment, Kea discussed four tips to push past fear. References/Links:Chaute’s Website For Her Practice: Inspiring Hope Counseling http://inspirehopehealthhealing.com/ Chaute’s Personal Website: https://chautethompson.com/Impacts of Divorce on Health Article https://www.prevention.com/sex/marriage/divorce-and-health-effects Therapy Shout-Out: Tiffany Boykin Human Revolutions (Tiffany’s Private Practice) https://humanrevolutions.com/ Mind, Body & Soulness Segment:Four Tips To Push Past Fears https://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/how-to-conquer-fear-4-mental-tricks.htmlChautè is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Prepare & Enrich facilitator for dating, marital and pre-marital couples. Ms. Thompson is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator and a Parenting Coordinator in the State of Florida. Ms. Thompson has worked for several years at community agencies before becoming the owner and CEO of Inspiring Hope Counseling Services, LLC. The emphasis of her practice is Strengthening the Family Unit which enables her to assist individuals, couples, families and schools at every level of supporting families’ ability to thrive with the mission of affording them inspiration, hope, health and healing. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling specializing in forensics.Chautè is fluent in American Sign Language. She is a professional member of American Counseling Association (ACA) and a member of Black Therapist Rock (BTR) a Non- Profit Organization dedicated to increasing mental health awareness and reducing the stigma in vulnerable communities. Ms. Thompson is an author, speaker and the Founder of Brand New Me, LLC a business geared towards providing resources through webinars, books, retreats, conferences, churches and coaching services enabling individuals to GROW past pain of divorce and life transitions rediscovering and redefining themselves.References/Links:Chaute’s Website For Her Practice: Inspiring Hope Counseling http://inspirehopehealthhealing.com/ Chaute’s Personal Website: https://chautethompson.com/Impacts of Divorce on Health Article https://www.prevention.com/sex/marriage/divorce-and-health-effects Therapy Shout-Out: Tiffany Boykin Human Revolutions (Tiffany’s Private Practice) https://humanrevolutions.com/ Mind, Body & Soulness Segment:Four Tips To Push Past Fears https://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/how-to-conquer-fear-4-mental-tricks.htmlReferences/Links: Chaute’s Website For Her Practice:Inspiring Hope Counselinghttp://inspirehopehealthhealing.com/ Chaute’s Personal Website:https://chautethompson.com/ Impacts of Divorce on Health Articlehttps://www.prevention.com/sex/marriage/divorce-and-health-effects Therapy Shout-Out: Tiffany BoykinHuman Revolutions (Tiffany’s Private Practice)https://humanrevolutions.com/ Mind, Body & Soulness Segment: Four Tips To Push Past Fearshttps:Support the Show.
Potluck Episode: Let's Talk J. Cole, Kanye, Charlamagne, Therapy, Being Biracial & Suicide with Jessica Gaddy
May 7 2018
Potluck Episode: Let's Talk J. Cole, Kanye, Charlamagne, Therapy, Being Biracial & Suicide with Jessica Gaddy
In this potluck episode, Kea dives into a lot from hip-hop and mental health where she discusses J.Cole, Charlamagne and Kanye West. Oh yes, it's about to go down!Kea also interviews social worker and Nia Noire founder Jessica Gaddy. Jessica shares her experience with being biracial (Asian and Black), battling suicide ideation, overcoming her fear of seeking treatment as a mental health professional and so much more. Jessica Gaddy, LGSW is a licensed social worker, millennial, and minority mental health advocate. Jessica has over 10 years of mental health experience through her education, professional employment, and lived experiences. From the age of 15, Jessica battled with major depressive disorder. In search of self-understanding, Jessica studied psychology and human behavior earning a Bachelors of Arts from the California State University, San Bernardino. Her experiences became the platform for her passion in mental health and advocacy, leading her to pursue a Masters Degree in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.Propelled by her frustration with the stigmatization of mental illness in her African American community, Jessica used her clinical background to develop Nia Noire, a mental health support organization for women of color to educate, empower, and support one another through their wellness journeys. She passionately believes in the power of vulnerability and the strength of community, using these two tenets as the foundation of Nia Noire. Jessica's notable work with Nia Noire has led to features in prominent news outlets such as Huffington Post's "10 Black Female Therapists You Should Know."Jessica hopes that one day, mental health will be a household conversation and psychotherapy will be a standard regime to healthcare practices, but until then, she works tirelessly to encourage others that "it is okay to not be okay."In the mind, body and soulness segment, Kea talks about what we can do for Mental Health Awareness Month. References/Resources:Nia Noire’s Websitehttps://www.nianoire.com/What We Should Also Consider About Kanye’s Comment “Slavery Was A Choice”https://themighty.com/2018/05/kanye-west-slavery-choice-black-community-mental-illness/ Therapist Shout-out: Hearts In Mind Counseling (located in Germantown, Maryland)http://www.heartsinmindcounseling.com/ Support the Show.