Trigger Warning: This episode contains conversations about severe mental health and suicide. If you are sensitive to these topics, please take care. 

I'm joined by the compassionate and highly experienced Dr. Nicole Washington, a mental health advocate with a mission to reduce the stigma surrounding psychiatric illness. In this episode we talk about how to recognize the need for mental health help, explore some thoughts and ideas around solutions for mental health struggles, and address some of the stigmas around mental wellness. 

Dr. Nicole Washington has dedicated her career to caring for underserved communities, individuals with severe mental illness, and high-performing professionals who don't typically seek mental health services. Through her private practice, podcast, speaking engagements, and written work, she tirelessly educates the public on mental health topics. 

Tune in to gain valuable insights into the complexities of mental health and the power of seeking help when needed.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Dr. Nicole works with people who are not typically consumers of mental health services, namely underserved communities, those with severe mental illness and high performing professionals. She shares about why she ended up in that demographic. (3:09)
  • What “mental breakdown” or “nervous breakdown” means – it means different things to different people. (8:37)
  • Debunking myths associated with suicide (11:41)
  • How to know when it is time to make an appointment with a psychiatrist or get inpatient treatment (16:52)
  • Dr. Nicole answers the question, “Do you see a pattern in what could be the solution to mental health struggles?” (22:40)
  • What someone can do if they’ve experienced having their vulnerabilities or mental health used against them (30:54)
  • Companies and other kinds of workplaces are waking up to the importance of mental health. Dr. Nicole shares what people can do to make positive changes in their workplace like instituting mental health days, etc. (34:26)

Resources from this episode:
Private coaching with Andrea
Dr. Washington’s podcast episode on suicide
Dr. Washington’s website
National Alliance for Mental Illness 

Book recommendations:
You know how I love a good personal development book, right? I’ve compiled a list of book recommendations, as mentioned in past episodes. Check out these amazing book recommendations here. Happy reading! 

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Dr. Nicole Washington is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she attended Southern University and A&M College. After receiving her BS degree, she moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to matriculate at the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed residency in Psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa and a masters degree in Public Health through the University of Illinois at Chicago. Since completion of her residency training,  Dr. Washington has spent most of her career caring for and being an advocate for those who are not typically consumers of mental health services, namely underserved communities, those with severe mental illness and high performing professionals. With a passion for educating others about mental illness, she speaks on a variety of topics to colleagues and the general public. Through her private practice, podcast, speaking and writing, she seeks to provide education in efforts to decrease the stigma associated with psychiatric illness.