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Bay View: A Black Woman’s Journey Through Depression

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Jenee Darden
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KALW reporter Jenee Darden (right) with mother Pat Kesee.

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. The month was inspired by the late writer Bebe Moore Campbell. KALW reporter Jenee Darden shares her poetry and journey with depression in this Bay View. Jenee is the author of "When a Purple Rose Blooms."

"Living with depression doesn't mean I'm weak. No matter who you are, it takes a lot of strength to deal with this thing."

Jenee Darden will be performing her work on August 8 during a poetic celebration at the Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco. 

If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress or experiencing suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-273-8255.

Click the audio player above to listen to the full story.

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.