African-American Children’s Mental Health Journey

Dr. Mercedes Samudio, LCSW
AfroNerd Insights
Published in
7 min readMar 1, 2024

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TL;DR: Follow me along my journey with mental illness, which is, sadly, compounded by the challenges of racism and systemic oppression as an African American woman. Oh, and I acknowledge the complex interplay between being a researcher and a subject in this context. Oh, joy!

This is an image of a joyful portrait of an African American woman with locs, laughing against a pink gradient background adorned with stars and hearts, with stickers that read “I’m proud of my healing” and depict a stack of books with hearts.

Mental Illness is a thing for Black Folks

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Dr. Mercedes Samudio, LCSW
AfroNerd Insights

Clinician, Researcher, author of Shame-Proof Parenting, AfroNerd, Hufflepuff, & MCU mythologist shifting the narrative for Black mental health