EPISODE 108: QUINN GEE ON BLACK MENTAL HEALTH

EPISODE 108: QUINN GEE ON BLACK MENTAL HEALTH

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I have a great interview with Quinn Gee of Magnolia Mental Health for this week’s episode of the Hardcore Self Help podcast. She is a therapist, business owner, and all around badass. We talk about how she got into therapy, her own identity development, what it’s like being a therapist, and some concepts related to black mental health. It was a great talk. 

Holiday Happiness (Feat. Quinn Gee of Magnolia Mental Health)

Holiday Happiness (Feat. Quinn Gee of Magnolia Mental Health)

The holidays aren't happy for everyone. So we're joined by psychotherapist Quinn Gee of Magnolia Mental Health to discuss how factors like the winter weather, economic anxiety, and our current political climate adversely affect our mental health during the holidays, the importance of establishing healthy boundaries, and how to support your friends and family suffering from mental illness without losing yourself in the process. Additionally, Alex has fond memories of that LaFace Christma" album, the verdict is still out on if Jay has been naughty or nice, and CyHi's new album gets our seal of approval. 

A Therapist Gives Relationship Advice for People With Mental Illness in Popular Twitter Thread [The Mighty]

A Therapist Gives Relationship Advice for People With Mental Illness in Popular Twitter Thread [The Mighty]

Being in a good, supportive relationship with someone you love is a wonderful thing — but even good, supportive relationships take work. Quinn Gee, a therapist based in D.C., knows this all too well, and in an educational and widely-shared Twitter thread, Gee gave some important tips for couples facing mental illness.

For People Who Look Like Me: How One Individual Combated Issues in Mental Health [SUBCONCIOUS]

For People Who Look Like Me: How One Individual Combated Issues in Mental Health [SUBCONCIOUS]

The unspoken frustrations of mental health treatment are endless, but for underrepresented groups, it can be a death sentence. Take the transgender community for example. The number of transgender individuals who choose not to seek mental health treatment is currently unknown, yet the barriers they face are endless and the suicide attempt rate for trans individuals hovers at 40% . While black and white adults experience similar rates of mental illnesses, black adults are less likely to seek care. According to NAMI, reasons range from misdiagnosis to provider bias. Despite initiatives for cultural competence training in clinics, black individuals disproportionately suffer from lack of care. Lack of care, combined with the lack of diversity in the mental health field, results in a chicken-or-the-egg scenario, with marginalized communities suffering from the consequences.

How Tennessee's new 'religious freedom' therapy law hurts LGBT patients [Splinter News]

 How Tennessee's new 'religious freedom' therapy law hurts LGBT patients [Splinter News]

In the days before the Orlando tragedy struck, Quinn Gee was already somewhat overworked. In addition to holding down her day job at Allstate, the 28-year-old therapist, who specializes in LGBTQ relationship and trauma issues, counsels her own clients in the evenings and runs long weekend shifts at a mental health facility. Plus, just a few months ago, she and four other black therapists in the Memphis area opened up their own firm a bit east of the city. It’s a relatively small affair, a few rooms with blue upholstered couches and muted watercolors in an office building next to the nail salons and big box stores that line US-72. But they’re doing well, considering how young they are.

Trans Children in the Balance in Mississippi [Jackson Free Press]

Trans Children in the Balance in Mississippi [Jackson Free Press]

Quinn Gee, owner and therapist at Healing Hearts Counseling Center in Memphis, who specializes in LGBT issues, race-based trauma and women's issues, says that argument is "completely ridiculous."

"What threatens the safety of little girls is not having tougher laws about rape," Gee said. "Someone identifying as a woman is not trying to harm little girls."