Inside the World of the Black Elite: An Interview With Margo Jefferson

Upon the publication of Lawrence Otis Graham’s Our Kind of People in 1999, the New York Times asked, “Is There a Black Upper Class?” On the surface, it was a foolhardy question—of course there was, and is, a black upper class—but if you were to peel back its exterior, as Graham did in his book, underneath revealed a… »9/29/15 4:15pmTuesday 4:15pm

How to Support a Partner Struggling with Depression

Being in a romantic relationship when one (or both) of you suffer from depression is a massive challenge. Depression can make your partner seem distant. They may feel like they’re a burden or close themselves off. None of that means your relationship is the problem. You two can tackle this together. Here’s how. »7/14/15 12:13pm7/14/15 12:13pm

How to Talk About Suicide on Father’s Day

This Father’s Day, as with every Father’s Day, Facebook is going to become a cascade of carefully chosen, lovingly captioned dad photos. Many will be painted over with the static of age. A “dad bod” joke or two will worm its way in. And several posts will inevitably be dedicated to those dads that have passed, who… »6/19/15 11:05am6/19/15 11:05am

I Lead Inspirational Retreats… And I'm Struggling With Depression

I'm tired. I just spent a week leading a retreat with 22 women, and although I mostly love what I do, I found myself this week understanding, for the first time really, what it means to be emotionally exhausted. I'm awake and filled with gratitude, but I'm drained. How long can one person wear so many hats? Yoga… »4/15/14 3:00pm4/15/14 3:00pm

Life Hacks for The Depressed Amongst Us

Depression bites. The things that feed it, are often caused by it (I'm talking about a living area that's a fucking disaster to be specific). And a lot of the hints and tips people have for organizing and cleaning and so on are designed by and for people who aren't dealing with the added burden of mental illness. But… »1/06/14 10:05pm1/06/14 10:05pm

Well, This Is Sad: More Children Are Suffering From Depression

Back when I was in middle school, it usually took a day or two for rumors to fully circulate the school and threaten a child's reputation. By the time it was all said and done, a new target was usually honed in on and it was time to torment someone else. By contrast, kids today have it rough — rumors fly around… »9/30/13 9:00pm9/30/13 9:00pm