“Mental health isn’t about class,” Dr. Monica A. Coleman, Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Delaware and author of Bipolar Faith: A Black Woman’s Journey with Depression and Faith, tells theGrio. “It’s about chemistry, trauma, genetics, experience and all these things put together. Mental health is an equalizer—and all of us can experience that.”

I share my thoughts on addressing mental health following death of Ian Alexander, Jr., the only child of award-winning actress and director Regina King. My heart breaks for his family, but I’m always glad to reignite the necessary conversations regarding the state of mental health in Black America. Candice Benbow cites my thoughts – along with psychologist Thema Bryant and pastor Willie Francois for The Grio.  Read the full article here.