The Chill Spot Podcast, a safe spot for people of color to discuss topics that affect our mental health and identity. We’ll explore strategies to support mental wellness, examine the ways in which various things impact our mental health, and process how to manage it all. Mental health, especially amongst people of color, has long been stigmatized, inadvertently keeping our people from accessing and reaching mental well being. This podcast aims to transform stigma into strength. Your hosts work in the mental health field, varying in their experience within the mental health profession.
Healing for the Healer
Sarah, LCSW, joins the podcast for an introspective conversation on racial identity, self care, and radical healing. We look at the parallel process of being a mental health provider who engages in mental health services. Sarah also shares how she maintains her strength and grounding in the midst of rising hate crimes against her identified racial group.
In this episode of the Chill Spot Radio, three generations of Black male therapists converge on issues of identity, culture, and experience. Reflecting on his 42 years of therapeutic work, Michael Hughes, LMFT, shares his story. With a unique view of working as a Black therapist on the Westside of Los Angeles since the 1970s, Michael details through storytelling how he came into his "clinical own".
The Humbled Athlete
Brett Riley, practicing Associate Clinical Social Worker joins the Chill Spot Radio. With tenderness and vulnerability, Brett shares his personal journey and reflects on the parallel process of being a healer to others while also being in need of healing from multiple griefs and losses.
A Space for Blackness Part 2
With a grounding presence, engaging spirit, and progressive vision, Yolo Akili Robinson joins Chill Spot Radio for it's 10th episode! Yolo is a writer, yoga instructor, and the founder of BEAM Collective. In this episode we talk about BEAMs method of, "container building" and how to build other wellness skills within and for the black community. We process how to show up for oneself, one's family, and one's community when carrying the weight of trauma and other stressors. We also talk about the spectrum of how males emotionally connect and the impact of the generational messages we've received about gender and masculinity. We continue to explore male grief and healing.
Feel Free to Feel Free
James "Dat Yoga Dude" Woods (trained MFT children's book authoer, and certified yoga instructor) shares his story of integrating mental health, yoga, and creating a community for black people, particularly men, to embrace these two disciplines. James shares the cognitive, kinesthetic, and spiritual impact of yoga and its positive impact on his clients, community, and k-12 students.
Black Girl Magic
In today's podcast we explore the importance of being seen. Dr. Wendy Ashley and Professor Jolene Swain, co-creators of Black Girl Magic share the work they're doing in connecting with and providing spaces of belonging to black women enrolled in the Masters of Social Work Program at California State University of Northridge.