In honor of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in July, I am highlighting eight podcasts made by people of color that discuss mental health, wellness and/or personal development. I launched the Fireflies Unite With Kea podcast because I wanted to bring light into darkness (just like the fireflies), create a safe space for people of color who live with mental illness and normalize the mental health conversation. As a suicide survivor, I know how isolating it can be when struggling mentally and emotionally.
Because of the internet, podcasting allow us to create communities and connect with people that we can relate to. If you want a glimpse into therapy, there are podcast created by black therapists. While these podcasts are not substitutes for a relationship with a therapist or life coach, you can gain valuable insight.
Check out my favorites below!
Dr. Joy Harden Bradford is really changing the game when it comes to therapy for black women and girls. Not only does she has a podcast but she also has a directory of black therapists. The Therapy for Black Girls podcast is about all things mental health, personal development, and small decisions we can make to become the best possible version of ourselves.
For all of my black entrepreneurs, if you are not listening to Minding My Black Business podcast then you are missing out. Dr. JaNae Taylor is a therapist in southern Virginia and has provided a space for black entrepreneurs to talk about all things business, self-care, and mental health.
If you are looking for a podcast that discusses mental health, the hottest TV shows, music, and you want a good laugh, The Friend Zone is that podcast! The hosts Dustin, Fran, and Assante provide different perspectives but together they create some serious magic. Dustin will have you slapping your knees and crying from laughter. Assante will bring you the dopest music and has a playlist for almost every occasion. And Fran, the wellness guru will get your life all the way together and have you all in your feelings.
Patrice Washington is a personal finance coach and is truly God-sent. Her podcast is about building wealth but her conversations go well beyond budgets and credit reports. She goes back to the early definition of wealth which is well-being. Patrice helps you to connect the dots of how your mindset, relationships, and space impact your ability to attract more money into your life.
Talking of the Couch podcast is hosted and created by Tatiana Smith, a therapist located in Texas. It is a weekly podcast that focuses on mental health and wellness within the communities of color. Tatianna cover topics such as finding your purpose, building your self-esteem and surviving your family around the holidays.
The Affirm podcast was created by Davia Roberts, a licensed therapist who believes women of color should have a place to affirm their worth, value mental health, and seek wholeness. If you are looking for your black girl magic tribe, I recommend this podcast.
If you watched the TV show Super Soul Conversations and enjoy watching Oprah ask the tough questions and hear words of wisdom from some of your favorite authors, entrepreneurs, and spiritual teachers. The podcast is no different. So what are the benefits of the podcast? You can listen while driving to work or cleaning your home. Listen to the show and get the same benefits as the TV show.
Jade and Keia snatch my edges every week because they discuss all things adulting. While their podcast is not mental health-focused they discuss the peaks and valleys of being an adult. In a world where everyone is “stunnin for the gram”, it is important to hear from people who are transparent about how they navigate through life. We need to hear people say, “I do not know what I am doing and I am still figuring out.” They’ve created a community where we can be real, laugh and even cry together. And vulnerability does wonders for your mental health.