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Black Americans face a complex set of challenges as they try to maintain their mental health. On top of universal issues like depression, stigma and economic stress, they deal with racism, health inequities and the systemic effects of Jim Crow segregation every day. The Florida Courier, The Weekly Challenger, RoyalTee Magazine and WUSF Public Media created this series to highlight the stories of Black Floridians seeking emotional healing and wellness, and to provide resources for those needing support. This collaboration is a part of the national America Amplified community engagement initiative, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Florida Matters highlights our series on Black mental health issues

Daylina Miller
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WUSF Public Media

Journalists reported stories centered on the mental health of Black men and women. Here's a closer look at the series.

This week on Florida Matters, we highlight WUSF ahd Health News Florida's recent series focusing on the challenges Black Americans face as they try to maintain their mental health.

WUSF and Health News Florida partnered on the project with Black-owned media outlets The Florida Courier, The Weekly Challenger and RoyalTee Magazine.

RELATED: Read the Black Mental Health series

This summer, journalists from the collaborative reported stories centered on the mental health of Black men and women.

We first hear from photojournalist Octavio Jones, who interviewed two men from St. Petersburg about how they care for their mental health.

Below is the full length interview with host Matthew Peddie.

RELATED: Two Black men share their journeys with mental health

Later in the show, Peddie talks with Jenise Griffin, the publisher and editor of The Florida Courier. They discuss how Black women struggle with stigma when looking for mental health care. But there are some women who are creating support spaces for themselves and others.

RELATED: The road to stable mental health for stay-at-home moms

You can hear the full conversations by clicking on the Listen button above. Or you can listen on the WUSF app under “Programs & Podcasts.”

Florida Matters highlights our series on Black mental health issues
Florida Matters highlights our series on Black mental health issues


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Dinorah Prevost is a WUSF Public Media news intern for summer 2018.
Matthew Peddie