Produced and Directed by Stacy-Ann Buchanan, The Blind Stigma is an award winning documentary that discusses mental health within the Black community. It chronicles and testifies the stories of five individuals (including Buchanan's) on their trials and triumphs with mental health.
T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, founders of the health nonprofit GirlTrek, are on a mission to reduce the leading causes of preventable death among Black women -- and build communities in the process. How? By getting one million women and girls to prioritize their self-care, lacing up their shoes and walking in the direction of their healthiest, most fulfilled lives.
Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.
Beyond Words encapsulates the isolation of depression, and how it is often trivialized, sometimes by those who mean well but don’t understand that power of their words.
By: Sharon Nyarko
Visualizing Lies is a visual poem attacking the difficult topics of depression, anxiety, and overall mental health. The filmmaker’s goals were to help break mental health stigma within their community and shine a light on the experience beneath a ‘high functioning’ exterior.
By: Justin Michael Jeffers & Devonnie A. Black
A young African-American girl faces the truth that black lives are a target of unjust killings by a system that fails to protect them. It’s her reality that any day, she can be next.
By Anjola Coker