Silent Symptoms: Black Mental Health Podcast

Silent Symptoms: Black Mental Health Podcast

Avatar
By Kgothatso Fridge, LCSW
This podcast stemmed from the observing the lack of knowledge about mental health in the black community. The stigma about therapy and the lack of empathy about mental illnesses in the black community. There will be various topics that will resonate with most of you!
More places to listen

More places to listen

Silent Symptoms E29: Misconceptions Of Black People and Therapy
On this episode, I talk about the misconceptions of black people and therapy. This episode was a heart to heart to the black community about therapy. I discuss how resilient we are as a community which can cause failure to thrive because we feel as though we have it all figured out. We go to the doctor when we are physically sick, why can't we got to a therapist when we're mental and spiritually in demise? This platform was created to make us aware that therapy does not mean failure.
20:51
August 16, 2019
Silent Symptoms E28: Resolving Childhood Trauma |Healing Trauma
On this episode, I discuss how to resolve childhood trauma effectively. Although there are complex issues that are involved in how trauma is inflicted, it begins with a choice. Sometimes the hardest part is making the conscious choice to heal. In order for the healing to take place, one must acknowledge that there are issues that stem from childhood. Take a listen!
21:39
August 7, 2019
Silent Symptoms E27: Maternal Mental Health ft. Keisha Reaves
On this episode I have Keshia Reaves. She a Licensed Practical Counselor and she specializes in Maternal Mental Health. We talked about maternal health in the black community and what that looks like. Black women are four times likely to experience pregnancy related death than white women. This may be alarming for some but this is a reality that black women and that's why we also discussed the importance of self advocacy. The conversation had a lot of variations like post partum depression and her brand, Push Thru for the mama. @pushthrubox.
32:19
July 17, 2019
Silent Symptoms E26: The Importance of Sisterhood
In this episode I discuss the importance of sisterhood. Sisterhood is extremely important because we all need someone to lean on whether it's family or friends. We need to encourage one another and hold each other accountable in every aspect. We are conditioned to compete with each other but we have to know that there's room for ALL of us, we can all win. It takes a village and that village is a sisterhood. Take a listen to hear the in depth analysis of being sisters!
28:32
June 18, 2019
Silent Symptoms E25: Projecting Colorism Onto Children
On this episode, I discuss colorism again because of a YouTube clip that went viral on Facebook. A popular YouTube couple shared the birth of their daughter but the main focus was how "dark she is going to be" and the disappointment of not having "pretty eyes" by mother and father. Often times, parents project colorism on their children which sets the standard of how their children will perceive themselves as adults. Although the couple reports they aren't colorist, evidence says otherwise. "If a child is born with dark skin and learns that dark skin is not valued by her peers, community, or society, she may develop feelings of shame. This is especially true if the child is unaware of colorism’s historical roots and lacks friends and family members who shun skin color bias. Without an understanding of racism and classism, it’s difficult for a child to understand that no one’s skin color is innately good or bad." Nittle, Nadra Kareem. (2019, March 3). Why the Effects of Colorism Are So Damaging.
17:33
June 11, 2019
Silent Symptoms E24: Mother's Day and Unspoken Hurt
On this episode, I discuss the adverse effects mother's day can have when on some families. Mother's day has been idolized in our society and has failed to acknowledge the mother's and daughters that hurt. This is usually a joyous time for some families that want to celebrate mothers and mother figures to show their appreciation. I discuss reasons why Mother's day may be difficult and how to provide support to those who hurt.
18:30
May 17, 2019
Silent Symptoms E23: Children Have A Voice Too
On this episode I discuss the importance of allowing children to have a voice.  Children are often told to be seen and not heard and their voices are invalidated. They are only allowed to speak when we give them the platform and that can potentially diminish their ability to communicate effectively. Children have to feel empowered in order for them to learn how to properly communicate and self advocate. Teaching children to have informed opinions can be helpful in their self actualization and need to allow children the freedom to express their personal perspective. Children need to learn how to share an opinion not only with what they say but how they say it. This all begins in the home.
20:28
May 10, 2019
Silent Symptoms E22: The Effects of Social Media on Mental Health
On this episode I discuss the effects of social media on mental health. The number of social media platforms used and how often they are used is related to mental health. A recent study found that the more social media platforms an individual uses, the more likely they are to have symptoms of depression and anxiety, regardless of overall time spent on social media. Social media does have benefits, enabling people to enhance their communication skills and social connections. Social media sites and apps allow individuals to make new friends, exchange ideas and pictures, develop new interests, or build business brands. Limitations on how to use social media and the amount of time spent may reduces symptoms of depression, anxiety, and self esteem.
20:28
May 1, 2019
Silent Symptoms E21: What Happens in Our Home Stays in Our Home: Caribbean/Black Households & the T
On this episode, I have Dr. Davis @kuhltuhveyting_kantshes_kors @thecalleddr_d and we discuss: What Happens in Our Home Stays in Our Home: Caribbean/Black Households & the Trauma Within Them. This interview was enlightening and refreshing as we discuss the most common factor in the black community, keeping everything within the household to protect the family dynamic. Although this may be widely practiced, there are traumas associated within keeping quiet about traumatic events within the homes. We talk about the difference between healthy sharing and unhealthy sharing, trauma caused by silencing family members, and how to break the vicious cycle of this rule.
35:23
April 24, 2019
Silent Symptoms E20: Violence in the Black Community |Nipsey Hussle
In the episode I discuss the community violence in the black community and the affects it has on our mental health. I elaborated the effect that Nipsey Hussle's death had on the black community and why it cut so deep. This man was influential and a gem. Ermias Joseph Asghedom, known professionally as Nipsey Hussle, was an African American rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur, and community activist from Los Angeles, California. A man that embodied what the black community should be by investing in real estate, focusing on ownership, how to circulate the black dollar, bringing awareness to the culture, and giving back to our communities. What an honor to exist in his time and grateful to him for showing that the outer body doesn't always represent the inner. We have to value those who bring VALUE to our lives. There is room for all of us, we should not allow jealousy and envy to cloud our judgment which leads to violence. Let's keep his legacy moving by sharing our knowledge with others and support one another.
22:00
April 9, 2019
Silent Symptoms E19: Are You Toxic? |5 Toxic Traits |Letting Go Of Toxic Behavior
In this episode I discuss 5 toxic traits and how to deal with people who are toxic and if we are toxic, how to get help. I know we've all dealt with individuals in our lives and didn't know how to recognize the signs and were confused about where to begin. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------‐--‐---------------‐‐---------------------------- CONNECT WITH ME -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------‐--‐---------------‐‐---------------------------- Instagram: @silentsymptomspodcast http://www.instagram.com/silentsymptomspodcast Facebook: Silentsymptomspodcast PURCHASE MERCHANDISE: https://teespring.com/stores/melanated-and-mindful-merch Video and Edits: Lesly O'Connor https://www.leslyanno.com/
17:42
April 2, 2019
Silent Symptoms E18: Being Alone
In this episode, I discuss the importance of being alone and finding serenity it. We live in an era of relationship goals and taking time to self reflect and to do things alone isn't talked about enough. In order to be in a relationship, we have to seek validation within ourselves and that's done by embracing singleness. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------‐--‐---------------‐‐---------------------------- CONNECT WITH ME -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------‐--‐---------------‐‐---------------------------- Instagram: @silentsymptomspodcast http://www.instagram.com/silentsymptomspodcast Facebook: Silentsymptomspodcast PURCHASE MERCHANDISE: https://teespring.com/stores/melanated-and-mindful-merch Video and Edits: Lesly O'Connor https://www.leslyanno.com/
26:07
April 2, 2019
Silent Symptoms E17: Know Your Worth
This episode highlights knowing your worth and not settling for less in relationships and friendships. The primary focus is to us to take care of ourselves first then give ourselves to others. If our cup is empty, we can't give anything to others and it's vital that we're full. I also talk about letting go of toxic relationships and mastering loving ourselves.
20:20
March 19, 2019
Silent Symptoms E16: Millennial Therapists and Self Care
On this episode, Tameika Cheek, and I highlight what it means to be a millennial therapist and the importance of self care. We go as far as sharing self care tips for therapists and clients so we can live a fulfilling life so we can prevent burnouts. We live in a millennial time and we are sharing what it looks like to go against the grain and being innovative in our respective fields.
42:15
March 12, 2019
Silent Symptoms E15: Colorism In The Black Community
In this episode I discuss what colorism is and how it has affected the black community. Research has linked colorism to dark skinned individuals receiving longer prison terms, reduced job prospects, negative perceptions of their attitude, signficantly less incomes, and lower marriage rates. This has a significant impact on mental health and learning how to embrace the skin we're in (from light skinned to dark skinned) can help combat that.
19:38
March 5, 2019
Silent Symptoms E14: Jussie Smollett News | We Shouldn't Be So Quick To Save or Cancel People
This episode highlights the allegations about Jussie Smollett experiencing a hate crime. I share my point of view about how we're quick to save people without evidence and cancel them when we don't have evidence either. Social media has such a large influence on individuals and we lack the ability to do our own research before forming an opinion. I express the lack of empathy we have for individuals who may be going through emotional turmoil, we just look at things at face value. I discuss how the Chicago PD has not released tangible evidence to the public but we've already called Jussie Smollett a liar based on hearsay. Research and reading are fundamental so we can make well informed opinions.
22:49
February 26, 2019
Silent Symptoms E13: Dysthymia: High Functioning Depression Part 2
In this episode, I discuss self care techniques and ways to combat high functioning depression while building the courage to see a professional. Seeing a professional is always number 1 but often times courage needs to be built in order to see a professional, self care and emotional regulation is needed in between sessions, and knowing that others have these feelings is comforting. In the DSM, it is called Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia). This type of depression can be difficult to detect in oneself and even more difficult in others. In most cases, individuals are struggling internally but appear to be "fine" to the outside world.
13:49
February 19, 2019
Silent Symptoms E12: Dysthymia: High Functioning Depression
This highlights the signs and symptoms of high functioning depression and the importance of seeking help from a professional.
10:31
February 12, 2019
Silent Symptoms E11: What is Imposter Syndrome?
Have you ever heard of the Imposter Syndrome? The Imposter Syndrome is the psychological pattern of doubting your accomplishments and feeling like you are fraudulent even though you have earned your accolades. It is not directly connected to depression, anxiety, or self-esteem. This phenomenon is in a league if its own and not an official DSM diagnosis. Have you ever felt like a fraud? Feeling like you're "faking it until you make it?"You don't deserve recognition? All while you are a master in your own right and have earned your accomplishments? You just might have the Imposter Syndrome! Tune in to find out! CONNECT WITH ME ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Instagram: @silentsymptomspodcast http://www.instagram.com/silentsymptomspodcast Facebook: Silentsymptomspodcast Video and Edits: Lesly O'Connor https://www.leslyanno.com/
18:55
February 5, 2019
Silent Symptoms E10: Pregnancy and Infant Loss ft. Dr. Tiffanie Williams
This episode highlights pregnancy and infant loss with Dr. Tiffanie Williams. She provides insight from a clinical and personal perspective. We discuss grief, creating a circle of support, therapy, and much more. Approximately a million pregnancies yearly in the United States end in early pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or the death of the newborn child. 1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss and yet, we don't hear people sharing their stories as often as they should. This would help create dialogue and assist those suffering in silence. Shame and guilt is often associated with pregnancy and infant loss and you know what mamas?! It is not your fault and in most cases, they couldn't have been anything you could've done differently! CONNECT WITH ME ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Instagram: @silentsymptomspodcast http://www.instagram.com/silentsymptomspodcast Facebook: Silentsymptomspodcast CONNECT WITH DR. TIFFANIE L. WILLIAMS ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Instagram: masterpeacecounselingservices http://www.instagram.com/masterpeacecounselingservices Facebook: Master Peace Counseling Services Website: www.masterpeacecounselingservices.com Instagram: liamlivesfoundationinc http://www.instagram.com/liamlivesfoundationinc Website: www.liamlivesfoundationinc.org
49:31
January 29, 2019
Silent Symptoms E9: Mental Health Awareness ft. Fenton Reese
This episode highlights mental health from an interesting perspective. We discuss children and adults being affected by mental health, signs of mental health, and the myth that if you see a professional that you don't have faith.
49:31
January 22, 2019
Silent Symptoms E8: Healing Through Words | #SurvivingRKelly ft Mbokodo Mantras
This episode features Babalwa aka Mbokodo Mantras to discuss healing through words, growing up in South Africa and stigmas of Mental Health, surviving being perpetrated against, and the need for change in the black community when it comes to sexual abuse. In this video you will hear birds chirping since we are in our element and natural environment. South Africa is gorgeous and I wanted you all to see it 💕 #SurvivingRKelly
34:48
January 15, 2019
Silent Symptoms E7: Engaging in Therapy For First Timers
This episode highlights what needs to be known for therapy first timers so that the process is easy and efficient. It runs through the process of how to find a therapist, what to ask during the consultation call, tips to avoid being anxious, etc. This helps reduce anxiety since the thought of therapy is already scary for most people. Instagram: @silentsymptomspodcast http://www.instagram.com/silentsymptomspodcast Facebook: Silentsymptomspodcas
12:03
January 9, 2019
Silent Symptoms E6: 5 Tips On How To Have A Successful 2019
This episode highlights how to get a fresh and successful start in 2019. Tips on setting S.M.A.R.T. GOALS, living a healthy lifestyle mentally and physically, decluttering your life, and much more! CONNECT WITH ME ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Instagram: @silentsymptomspodcast http://www.instagram.com/silentsymptomspodcast Facebook: Silentsymptomspodcast Video and Edits: Lesly O'Connor https://www.leslyanno.com/
18:57
January 1, 2019
Silent Symptoms E5: Brown Girls: Death By Suicide
This episode has been inspired by # McKenzie Adams. If you haven't tuned in, Google her name to get up to speed. On this episode, it highlights bullying, looking for signs of distress, and tolerance. Little brown girls have been dying by suicide at an exponential rate and it has gone unmentioned. This year alone, there have been over 4 stories that have made national headlines of them hanging themselves. Imagine those stories that haven't been brought to light. Watch and listen to gain awareness.
12:32
December 18, 2018
Silent Symptoms E4: Dwight Howard: Homophobia and Transphobia
This episode highlights Homophobia and Transphobia in the black community. We speak about the allegations against Dwight Howard and how he was treated. We don't know of these allegations are true or false, at this time. We used his situation as an example of how we have low tolerance for homosexuality.
15:23
December 12, 2018
Silent Symptoms E3: Unresolved Childhood Trauma and Intimate Relationships
Childhood Trauma and Relationships | The effects of unresolved childhood trauma on intimate relationships | This episode features Shena Tubbs, M.MFT, LPC, CSAT- Candidate who provides insight into the topic. CONNECT WITH ME ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Instagram: @silentsymptomspodcast http://www.instagram.com/silentsymptomspodcast Facebook: Silentsymptomspodcast CONNECT WITH SHENA TUBBS ----------------------------------------------------------- Website: www.shenatubbs.com Instragram: @shenatubbs http://www.instagram.com/shenatubbs Instagram: @blackgirlsheal_ http://www.instagram.com/blackgirlsheal_
41:18
December 2, 2018
Silent Symptoms E2: Angry Black Woman Syndrome ft. Melissa Ifill
This episode addresses the negative connotation about the "Angry Black Woman" narrative. It highlights the confusion of being expressive vs being angry. We also speak about Cardi B and Serena Williams and their choices of expression. It features Melissa Ifill, LCSW based in New York. Reach her @melissaifill and melissaifill.com
47:47
October 17, 2018
Silent Symptoms E1: From Patient To Passion ft. Brook N. Campbell
This episode features Brook N. Campbell and she sheds light on how she went from being a patient to having a passion as a mental health advocate. We discuss her experiences as a patient and how to navigate mental health issues in the black community. She participates in the Austin Urban league and NAMI. Link to NAMI: https://www.namiwalks.org/participant/BrookNCampbell Follow her IG: @harmonymentalhealth Blog: https://www.mentalharmony.info
33:25
September 25, 2018
Silent Symptoms: Black Mental Health Podcast
Introduction about why the podcast was started and why black mental health deserves recognition.
05:51
September 4, 2018
Make your own podcast for free with Anchor!