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Corey Michael Hadley, Army infantryman and sharpshooter, dies at 30 | The Philadelphia Inquirer

After six years and three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, Corey Michael Hadley returned home to Philadelphia in 2013. As an Army rifleman in a leadership role, Mr. Hadley had spent many days traveling door to door to root out armed militia members and terrorists who had sworn to kill Americans. For his service, he won multiple military honors. But his experience overseas left him anguished, he told his family. He struggled with depression and PTSD. And on Jan. 2, Mr. Hadley, 30, died by his own hand in his own home. “His wounds were slow-acting and invisible, […]

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Etika (b. 1990), The Lives They Lived: Remembering some of the artists, innovators and thinkers we lost in the past year. | The New York Times

His mental health problems collided tragically with the attention economy. On midnight of June 20, a new video went live on Etika’s channel. In it, the 29-year-old YouTube star filmed himself as he walked through Lower Manhattan, speaking to the camera with a steady clarity that seemed almost eerie in light of his recent online behavior. “I’m sorry I betrayed your trust,” he began. City life, in the background, went on as usual — sirens, birds, passing cars. He went on to apologize to his fans for refusing to seek help. He seemed to be somewhere near the East River. […]

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Portland coach who comforted armed student named one of Time magazine’s heroes of 2019 | Q13 Fox

PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) — A Portland high school coach who confronted and comforted an armed student back in May has been named a hero by Time magazine. On May 17, Angel Granados-Diaz brought a loaded shotgun into Parkrose High School while experiencing a mental health crisis. When Keanon Lowe, the school’s track and football coach and also a campus security guard, saw Granados-Diaz with the gun, he disarmed the teen and then embraced him. Surveillance video of the encounter was released in October, about a week after Granados-Diaz was sentenced to three years of probation. CNN Wire, Time Feature Image, […]

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This App Matches People of Color with a Therapist Who Shares a Similar Background | Black Enterprise

Former investment banker Eric Coly decided to launch a startup after a close friend confided to him that she needed counseling. She was struggling to find a therapist, not because there weren’t any available, her issue was finding a black therapist. Coly, a native of Senegal, understood her situation all too well. He had been diagnosed with depression and knew firsthand the lack of therapists of color in the United States. The U.S. has around 100,000 therapists, 86% are white, 5% Asian, 5% Hispanic, and 4% black. This is a far cry from diverse representation based on the U.S. population […]

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The Untold Story Of An African American Family Affected By A Broken Health Care System | Forbes

In January of 2013, my family was hit with an incredible blow. My partner and the father of my two children took his own life. The week Jamir passed away, I talked to him and noticed changes in his behavior. I asked him if he wanted to talk to a professional, but he was uncomfortable doing so, despite being in so much pain. He felt he had no safe space to deal with his internal battle. He reached out to me one last time to talk, and I took him to a local hospital Dekalb Medical in Decatur, Georgia, to […]

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Suicide attempts by Black teens have risen, and I’m not surprised | Mic

I remember the first time a friend of mine died by suicide. I was living in Washington, D.C. when I got the phone call from our mutual friend, Preston. The friend we’d just lost was a young Black man brimming with potential. He had a smile that lit up a room and an incomparable sense of humor. His death shook us all up and I wondered how many more losses of Black men I’d experience. Thoughts about depression’s subtle yet brutal grip on my community came flooding back this week after I read CNN’s story about the rise of suicide […]

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Entrepreneur Prioritizes Supporting Black Women in Madison | AFRO

Lisa Speckhard Pasque, The Capital Times, AFRO Sabrina Madison, founder, at the Progress Center for Black Women in Fitchburg, Wis. — photos by Michelle Stocker/The Capital Times via AP, Featured Image , Wis. (AP) — It’s a Wednesday afternoon at Ford’s Gym, a “Rocky”-style gym filled with “regular old-school dudes,” Sabrina Madison says. That’s why she likes it. Head coach Andrea Nelson leads Madison through her boxing drills. Wearing boxing gloves, Madison punches while stepping to the left, stepping right, taking quick one-two punches, then punches while stepping forward and stepping backward. At the end of her session, she gives […]

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