A Tragic Death – One We Need to Understand

Terrie M. Williams (author of Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting) continues to raise our consciousness:

http://thegrio.com/2014/04/17/karyn-washington-death-puts-suicide-mental-health-back-in-spotlight/

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About Dr. Michael A. Lindsey

Michael Lindsey, PhD, MSW, MPH is an Associate Professor at the Silver School of Social Work, New York University. He also holds a faculty appointment in the Center for School Mental Health, School of Medicine (Department of Psychiatry) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Dr. Lindsey’s research and mental health practice experiences examine the prohibitive factors that lead to unmet mental health need among vulnerable, Black youth with depression and other serious mental health needs. Dr. Lindsey is developer of the Making Connections Intervention (MCI), a program designed to prepare adolescents to be positively involved in mental health services for depression, anxiety and behavioral problems. He can be reached by email at Michael.Lindsey@nyu.edu. You may follow him on Twitter at the handle, @DrMikeLindsey. View all posts by Dr. Michael A. Lindsey

One response to “A Tragic Death – One We Need to Understand

  • David

    After reading the article regarding the death of Ms. Washington, that iconic Smokey Robinson and the Miracles’ 1960s smash hit, Tears of a Clown, comes to mind. I mourn her death and am saddened that there are forces that drove her to her last act of desperation. We live in a big world where there is room for many forms of artistic expression; however, as of late, it seems like sports and entertainment get the most attention. It’s unfortunate that we live in a world that’s more interested in Miley Cyrus twerking, or what Paris Hilton is wearing, or whether Jay Z really is a member of the Illuminati, or how the Redskin (Potatoes) will do this year than they are in making the world a better place. I take comfort in knowing that there are still people, such as yourself Dr. Lindsey, who’ve devoted their lives to helping others. However, I lament that Ms. Washington’s short life of advocacy was struck down, and the circumstances surrounding her death will most likely be lost in a blizzard of mind-numbing news and entertainment.

    Thank you for the post Dr. Lindsey.

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