Navigating Mental Health in the Deaf BIPOC Community: Starting the Conversation

Any conversation relating to mental health functions and flows differently depending on the person participating. Each conversation is shaped according to the person’s identities, abilities, race, ethnicity, cultural identity, sense of belonging and so much more! This is one of many conversations that touches on the challenges and nuances of mental health service access and support which are unique to BIPOC and multicultural deaf people.

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ID: On-screen there are four individuals shown. From left to right, top to bottom: Dominique (Mimi) Pickett, Dr. Alesia Allen, Naima Boudreaux, and ASL Interpreter Anna Rose. Mimi is a Black woman with long, black hair that is dyed yellow at the ends. She is wearing a short-sleeved gray shirt and glasses. In the background behind her are orange walls with a single picture frame hanging. Dr. Allen is a Black woman with short, black hair. She is wearing a long-sleeved, blue shirt. In the background behind her are white walls and a door. Naima is a mixed, multicultural woman with long, black curly hair and glasses. She is wearing a short-sleeved yellow shirt. The wall behind her is white. The interpreter Anna is a White woman with straight, shoulder-length, blonde hair. She is wearing a short-sleeved, black shirt and a black microphone headpiece. Her background is black.

Supporting My Child’s Mental Wellness in a Hearing World: The Parents' Perspective

Join us for a conversation among Deaf parents about supporting the wellness of deaf and hard of hearing youth. Signed By Stories thanks the four parents who participated in this conversation for sharing their lived experiences of supporting their own children along their mental health journeys, and for the insights shared. Parents are powerful role models when it comes to helping their children develop healthy self-care and wellness practices. Tune in to learn more…

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ID: On-screen there are four individuals shown. From left to right, top to bottom: Jennifer Weeks, Mary Karol Matchett, Terrylene Sacchetti and Ann Fox. Jennifer Weeks is a White woman with shoulder-length blonde hair. She is wearing a short-sleeved, black shirt, a silver necklace with a thin silver pendant, and glasses. The wall in the background behind her is white. Mary Karol Matchett is a White woman with blonde hair pulled back into a ponytail. She is wearing a blue shirt with a button-up, pink jean jacket over top and glasses. In the background behind her there is a blue wall with various postings and decorations, a desk, and a desk lamp. Terrylene Sacchetti is a White woman with short, black hair. She is wearing glasses and a short-sleeved, gray shirt. The background behind her is gray. Ann Fox is a White woman with glasses and long, curly, blonde hair. She is wearing a short-sleeved, pink shirt and sitting in a black chair. The background behind her shows a table with a lamp and a picture frame, brown walls, and a white door.

What is Self-Medication? A Sharing of Experiences

Self-medication is a pretty complicated topic to cover, especially when discussing the ways that it can impact a person’s mental health. But what is self-medication? What are the different types? In which ways is it helpful and harmful? Follow this conversation between Dr. Makoto Ikegami, a licensed clinical therapist, and Mistie Munton, a counselor with lived experience in substance use recovery, as they openly discuss the impacts that self-medication can have on a person. Most importantly, this conversation emphasizes the importance of thoroughly evaluating all treatment options to ensure each individual’s unique mental health needs are cared for.

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ID: The opening title card displays the title text, “What is Self-Medication? A Sharing of Experiences” written in dark blue. The background is white with several colorful graphics in the corners. The main portion of the video shows Dr. Makoto Ikegami and Mistie Munton on-screen [left to right]. The background colors of the video are light green, blue, and red. The job titles of Dr. Ikegami and Mistie briefly appear on-screen in red text against a white background. Dr. Ikegami is a Japanese man with black hair and black facial hair. He is wearing a black, short-sleeved shirt with a white graphic on the front. In the background behind him are gray walls with a door directly behind him and a painting hanging on the wall behind his head. Mistie is a White woman with shoulder-length, wavy blonde hair. She is wearing clear-frame glasses and a sleeveless, halter, light pink blouse. Mistie has tattoos on her arms and there is a gray wall in the background behind her. There are crisis lines displayed at the end of the video in white text against a black background. The Signed By Stories logo is pictured in the final ending card, against a white background. A blue-outlined thought bubble has “Signed By Stories” written in dark blue text against a yellow background. Beneath the word “Stories” is a light blue palm facing upwards. There are short lines in red, orange, and yellow surrounding the bubble.

Young Adult Perspectives on Suicide: Empowering Youth To Take Action

A conversation highlighting the mental health challenges and severe lack of support that deaf youth are facing. Tune into this powerful discussion as these young changemakers bring their experiences and perspectives to the table.

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ID: Pictured on-screen [left to right, top to bottom] are Ashley, Gab, Tai, Dan, Anna Rose and Dina. Ashley is a White woman with long brown hair. She is wearing a long-sleeved green shirt. Gab is a Latina woman with long black hair and a nose ring. She is wearing a short-sleeved yellow shirt and a black necklace. Tai is an Asian woman with dark brown hair, dyed red at the ends. She is wearing a gray shirt. Dan is a light-skinned man with black facial hair. He is wearing a short-sleeved navy shirt with a white logo on the front, and a hat. Anna Rose is a White woman with light blonde hair. She is wearing a short-sleeved black shirt. Dina is a Black woman with short black hair. She is wearing a short-sleeved orange shirt. The background of the video shows teal, light green, and red colors flowing in wavelike form surrounding the video.