The Color of My Mind: Mental Health Narratives from People of Color

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8.5 X 11.0 X 0.23 inches | 0.62 pounds

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About the Author
Dior Vargas, MS, Masters of Public Health, is a Latina Feminist Mental Health Activist. She is the creator of the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project, a response to the invisibility of people of color in the media representation of mental illness. Dior tours the country giving keynotes, hosting workshops, and speaking on panels. Her work and insight have been covered in media outlets such as The New York Times, USA Today, Forbes, Newsweek, and NBC News Latino. Dior is the recipient of numerous awards including, The White House Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy Across Generations under the Obama Administration. Dior has a BA in the Study of Women and Gender from Smith College, an MS in Publishing from Pace University, and an MPH from New York University. She is a native New Yorker and currently lives in New York City.

"This book is an essential look at mental health and how it impacts people of color -- a too often overlooked reality that Vargas shines a powerful light upon." Kelly Jensen, Editor and Author

"As a Mental Health Professional, I'm always trying to connect with someone's humanity and their story. And I believe it's part of my job to help my client connect to that part of themselves as well. This book is a critical and MUST-HAVE resource for therapists, especially white therapists, to help us deepen our understanding of our client's experiences. Read it, share it, and help someone to feel seen." Jesse Pacheco, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

"The Color of My Mind offers real-time, human perspectives from people of color who live day to day with mental illness. Vargas' Photo project highlights our ability to thrive through our collective healing." Jose Rivera Jr, Latinx recording and visual artist

"The Color of My Mind is an eminently necessary book. For too long, discussion, depiction, and treatment of mental illness have left out people of color and their experiences, and this book is a crucial corrective to that wrong." Tochi Onyebuchi, Author

"There is a well-worn saying that 'you cannot be what you cannot see.' I take it a step further and say you cannot respect what you cannot see. You cannot understand what you cannot see. And you cannot include what you cannot see. Dior Vargas's The Color of My Mind helps us see the vulnerability and strength of people of color living with mental health issues. By including the perspectives represented in this book, Vargas helps us see, respect, understand, and include...helping build the very foundation of a more empathetic society." Elisa Camahort Page, Entrepreneur, Speaker and Author

Reading Dior Vargas' photo essay The Color of My Mind, was like receiving a warm hug from a friend whose embrace whispers "you are not alone." - Candace J. Dunkley, Spoken Word Poet