Episode 125: Our Lives Matter

From Covid-19 to the continued cycle of police violence and political unrest, most people are living with and working through trauma. For today’s episode, we explore ways to manage your mental health by interviewing Marline Francois-Madden, a licensed clinical social worker, advocate, and best selling author. During the episode, we discuss her path to becoming a social worker (42:35), clinical versus macro social work (44:30), and what it means to be a policy-facing therapist (46:10). We also discuss the motivation behind her book, The State of Black Girls (50:35), and the unique issues that youth are facing at the moment (54:55). We then have a conversation about Marline’s approach to balancing multiple commitments and mental health (59:55), her dedication to service during the pandemic (1:07:00), strategies for coping with trauma and grief during the current social and political moment (1:08:06), teletherapy and tips for finding a mental health professional (1:13:00), and ways to practice self-care while social distancing (1:16:15). We close the episode by discussing the importance of finding purpose during the current moment (1:20:35).

Other Topics Include:

00:30 - Catch up with Ty and Daphne

03:15 - Most Dangerous Person of the Week

05:45 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News

39:35 - Introduction of the Topic


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