Revolt Black News anchor and managing editor Mara Campo joined the “Our Body Politic” podcast as guest host for a look at the national mental health crisis. She spoke to people who are working outside the box to make a difference.
The episode features a compelling conversation with Ifetayo Harvey, executive director of the People of Color Psychedelic Collective, and Sandy McRae Wright, program director of Comhar Open Door Clubhouse. The discussion spans various topics, beginning with Kimoné Felix's poignant personal story, detailing the lasting impact of childhood trauma, struggles with dyscalculia and navigating the mental health system.
The narrative unfolds into innovative mental health approaches, showcasing Comhar Open Door Clubhouse's community-based model, where members actively engage in various activities like meal planning, data entry and social media management. Harvey sheds light on the People of Color Psychedelic Collective's volunteer-based, remote organization, focusing on education and community building for people of color interested in psychedelics.
The conversation explores the intersection of psychedelics and mental health treatment, emphasizing their potential as alternative therapeutic tools. Both guests emphasize the importance of community support and the shortcomings of the current mental health system. Harvey advocates for policy changes, emphasizing the need for equitable drug policies and recognizing the historical impact of harmful drug laws on marginalized communities.
"Our Body Politic" emphasizes the vital role of storytelling in amplifying underrepresented voices and calling for systemic change. This episode provides a multifaceted exploration of trauma, mental health challenges, innovative solutions and the imperative for policy reform.