Nikki Webber Allen: Don't suffer from your depression in silence
Nikki Webber Allen: Usitaabike na msongo wa mawazo katika ukimya.
Nikki Webber Allen is working to create a safe space for honest conversations about mental health in communities of color. Full bio
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this overwhelming sense of doom,
just around the corner.
I wouldn't have told anybody,
extraordinary resilience to succeed.
was a sign of weakness,
in Media Studies
in the film and television industries.
for my hard work.
I used to enjoy,
about my diagnosis.
to be depressed.
and a successful career.
the unspeakable horrors
had been through in this country
a phone call from my mom
Paul, had ended his life,
depression and anxiety.
the devastation I felt.
to the other about our struggles.
is to face it head on,
researching depression and anxiety,
of sickness and disability
of depression isn't clear,
that most mental disorders develop,
imbalance in the brain,
and socioeconomic disparities
of developing a mental disorder,
mistaking depression for a weakness.
among black children
struggling with depression will improve
a national conversation.
those tired, old narratives
they get knocked down,
in order to fill the void.
be suffering in silence
yoga and a relatively healthy diet.
are starting to spiral,
named Dawn Armstrong,
with the lesson that I've learned.
to help you through it.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERNikki Webber Allen - Multimedia producer
Nikki Webber Allen is working to create a safe space for honest conversations about mental health in communities of color.
Why you should listen
Nikki Webber Allen is a two-time Emmy winner with 20 years of experience producing content for media outlets including Warner Bros., HBO, ABC, 20th Century Fox and BET.
In 2013, while working as the vice president of casting and talent relations for the cable network TV One, Webber Allen lost her 22-year old nephew, Paul, to suicide after his years of struggle with depression and anxiety. Since then, she's become a passionate mental health advocate.
In Paul's honor, she launched the nonprofit I LIVE FOR... FOUNDATION, INC. to create a safe space for honest, unapologetic conversations about mental health in communities of color, where the cultural stigma of mental illness discourages far too many people from seeking help. Michael Eric Dyson, advisor to the foundation, has called I LIVE FOR… "an incredibly important organization that offers much-needed support to those who too often suffer in silence."
Webber Allen is currently producing and directing a documentary film featuring a diverse group of compelling young men and women who reject the stigma of mental illness and share candid stories about their experiences living with depression and anxiety. The film is being scored by her husband, musician Jeffrey Allen of the Grammy-nominated R&B band Mint Condition.
In 2016, Webber Allen was one of only 47 people chosen out of more than 1,000 applicants worldwide to receive a coveted scholarship to Marie Forleo's B-School for social entrepreneurs. She has an M.A. in media studies from The New School University in New York, NY and a B.A. in communications from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.
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