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I’ve written many times before about my mentor and friend, Dr. Olivia Hooker.

She is 103 and is the only living survivor of the Tulsa Riots of 1921 (Black Wall Street). She was also the first Black woman to be selected to the US Coast Guard and she was a prominent Psychologist and Professor at my alma mater, Fordham University.   

Dr. Hooker was recently interviewed for NPR. Hear the story of how things happened during the riots when she was just 6 years old.  Incredible story for an incredible woman.

Listen to the 6 minute interview here

 

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Dr. hooker at 6 years old. photo credit NPR

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at sassysage says we often highlight girls/women who are doing amazing things. this blog we are saluting chiara de blasio, daughter of the mayor elect of new york city.  

this morning she surprised everyone with a video of her courageously sharing her experience with clinical depression and substance abuse.  like thousands of other teen girls, her mental health and substance abuse got worse when she went away to college. be inspired by her journey.

she is so right when she says that we are not open enough about substance abuse and mental illness.   without help it’s a life or death situation that should not be swept under the rug.  she got the help she needed through therapy and as she says, ‘hard work’.  if you or someone you know needs assistance with substance abuse a great place for help is: http://www.phoenixhouse.org/

For easy to understand information about depression visit:

http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/mental_health/depression.html

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DChitwood_HappyGirlsgirls often fret about our looks.

do we have the right outfit on, is our hair looking good, are our thighs too big…the list goes on. 

physical fitness is all the rage. but have you ever thought about being mentally in shape?

i’m not talking about the absence of mental illness.  but being emotionally fit, happy and at peace; socially balanced and all around feeling strong in your mind.

seems like a lot of the talk about mental health focuses on the negative emotional problems people can have. and that is important but its not all mental health is about.

so today on world mental health day i’m challenging my girls to get in shape!

-start working out your heart by doing something you love at least once a week

-do repeated reps of saying nice things about yourself each day

-run wild with laughter as much as you can stand

-take time to care for yourself

that’s my mental health diet and the great part is chocolate is allowed!

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We are very excited to announce

Dr. Scyatta A. Wallace, CEO/Founder of Janisaw Company,

has received academic tenure from St. John’s University.

Dr. Wallace is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology,

where she teaches and mentors undergraduate & PhD students.

She now joins the less than 5% of Associate Professors in the country who are African American

and one quarter of tenured faculty who are women.

Congratulations Dr. Wallace for shattering glass ceilings.

To learn more about her work at St. John’s University visit  www.stjohns.edu/academics/graduate/liberalarts/departments/psychology/faculty/wallaces



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