Writer Nana-Ama Danquah always felt that she was different, but it wasn’t until her twenties that a friend of her suggested she might have depression. “I didn’t know the physical aspects of depression existed: the exhaustion, the mind fog, feeling congealed to the sheets.” She wrote about her experience in her memoir Willow Weep for Me. “There was this idea that black women can withstand such tremendous burden and they’re not supposed to be able to feel it.” She finds sleep and diet are a major part of her mental wellbeing and reading brings her joy. “I’ve learned to be gentle with my soul and I’ve learned that the sun returns every morning with an opportunity to start afresh.”

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