Mental Health is declining and Black women are hit the hardest | Keita Joy | TEDxBeaconStreet

Dealing with private pain, in public plain.

Did you know that in the United States, over 10.3 million adults have serious thoughts of suicide and/or battle with mental health struggles privately while continuing to produce and perform publicly? Imagine living with a constant, lingering private struggle, while performing in front of the world. This is the truth for many in America.

Studies have shown that exposure to childhood maltreatment and job strain were risk factors for depression. This problem was especially pronounced within the black community, specifically Black women, who reported experiencing an overwhelming amount of these issues, concluding that their experiences are only exacerbated as a double minority in America.

In order to make meaningful change in rates of adult suicidal ideation, we as a nation must not only identify and address mental health conditions early, but must also invest in inclusive social and economic development. Social and economic anxiety have been observed as key elements and determinants of depression and suicidal ideation in Black women and all people of color.

Increasing access to meaningful work and social support within communities and corporations is needed to heal our country and provide the actionable support needed to strengthen a group of people that add immeasurable value to our world. Dr. Joy is the safe space for high achievers to maximize their greatest potential and unlock success now! Her main focus involves helping professionals, athletes, and creatives level up and get what they want in life, love, and business. She is the CEO of Success Uncensored Coaching as well as a transformational speaker, wife and mother, who channels her infectious energy and drive for life into inspiring others to be intentional about their personal and professional success! Her coaching programs create lasting change with a 100% success rate!
She is known for her dynamic ENERGY with highly engaging diversity and inclusion, leadership, and team building workshops which all produce increased actionable change. She uses her diverse counseling skill-set and leadership skills as a speaker and panelist for several conferences, as well as an expert Success Coach on news segments for FOX News 35, WESH 2 News, and OWN. She shares success strategies through transparent and powerful talks and tools, giving you Success Uncensored. From the NFLPA to the Miami Police Department, her words and strategy create change! Dr. Joy is passionate about minorities and mental health awareness, as well as committed to closing the achievement gap for African American males and an advocate for the voiceless. Dr. Joy trains higher education faculty and companies on cultural competency and emotional intelligence. Dr. Joy is well known in the coaching and speaking realm with partnerships on the Oprah Winfrey Network. She works closely with thought leaders such as Iyanla Vanzant to equip world leaders, business owners, and hard-working men and women with the tools to overcome fear and walk in purpose.
Dr. Joy is a three-time author with her hit releases “Fabulous & Faithful,” “100 Ways to Stay Married,” and with her latest release, Success Uncensored; A High Achiever’s Guide to Define Success on Your Own Terms. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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19 thoughts on “Mental Health is declining and Black women are hit the hardest | Keita Joy | TEDxBeaconStreet

  1. Dr. Keita THANK YOU FOR THIS TED TALK! I needed this! I’m struggling with mental health currently. I went though a major battle inward before I even understood I needed help. Than another year before I ASKED for help…

  2. I truly needed to hear this as a Psychology graduate and feeling overwhelmed and pressured to do something or everything at once with post graduate life. I have definitely been feeling overoverwhelmed especially with my own Podcast called “Simply Nickie Podcast ” on anchorfm, Spotify , Google and Apple Podcast. I talk about mental health awareness, self care and love journey, etc. Even I too get overwhelmed and your video made me feel heard and seen. Thank you for this

  3. We need to put ourselves first and break the cycle of making the women of our community carry everything. Self-care is vital!

  4. Loved this entire video. I want to say thank you for sharing and providing so much insight!

  5. this is so spot on. I pulled my hair until I had a bald spot when I was about 7…I grew up in a very abusive household 😞 .

  6. Thank you! Yes, we have to take responsibility for self, 1st. We are NOT superwomen. It sounds like a compliment but it is NOT. Just because we allow someone to push us into an overwhelmed state of living, WE CAN SAY NO.

  7. Excellent presentation and great points with historical context. Thank you for shedding light on this topic, Dr Keita Joy!

  8. Mental health is a serious issue. You can’t change someone’s childhood, but you can support them through difficult times 🙂

    1. For me its people always wanting to recreate people’s childhoods because they can. I don’t think I’ll ever get over my childhood and I don’t know how that’s going to pan out for me in the future. Everywhere I go or turn to its people trying hard to recreate my childhood at all times

    2. @Tondani Raluswinga yes ma mee too but you know what Jesus is the only way keep praying and relying on him your life will be more important and feeling fulfill in this life ❤❤

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