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A Suicide Survivor's Journey of Mental Health and Healing inside the Black Community

Trigger warning: This post contains a brief mention of suicide. If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide, please call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text TALK to 741741 or refer to our list of International Suicide Hotlines.

T-Kea Blackman is a mental health advocate, speaker, and author. She is the owner of Fireflies Unite, a mental health support advocacy company.  She hosts the Fireflies Unite podcast series dedicated to bringing light into darkness by sharing the stories of individuals thriving with mental illness within communities of color despite the disadvantages and racism that can negatively impact their mental health. 

Her powerful story is a testament that you can thrive despite having a mental illness. T-Kea was diagnosed with major depression and generalized anxiety disorders and is a suicide survivor.  

She earned a bachelor's degree in radio, television and film production from Howard University and her master's degree in public relations and corporate communications from Georgetown University.

She previously worked on TV One’s signature award-winning shows Unsung and Unsung Hollywood, BET’s Black Girls Rock!, The Soul Train Awards and BET X Youth Experience. Her diagnosis led her to use her communications and media skills to raise awareness for mental illness within communities of color.

T-Kea wrote her first book, Saved & Depression: A Suicide Survivor’s Journey Of Mental Health, Healing, & Faith to educate her community on mental health and to encourage them to seek treatment.