As conversations around mental health continues permeating social media and pop culture, two prominent figures are are joining forces to take this important topic to a new plane.
On Monday November 12th, VH1 will air “IN SESSION: LIVE WITH DR. JESS,” a candid conversation between psychiatrist and New York Times Best-Selling author Dr. Jessica Clemons and influential radio host and author Charlamagne Tha God. The hour-long live discussion will address the stigma surrounding mental health and give fans the opportunity to participate in the conversation via social media throughout the night. With celebrity testimonials from Taraji P. Henson and others, Charlamagne will aim to encourage folks to bring their personal struggles with mental health to the forefront for a moment of healing and solidarity.
In addition to his work on the radio and television, Charlamagne has been an open book (quite literally) while discussing his own journey with mental health. His second book, Shook Ones – a first-hand account of his experiences with anxiety and the journey to heal from traumatic events that shaped him forever. “The first step was going to therapy, he told Billboard of his healing. “I had plenty of friends who dealt with anxiety and borderline depression that were on medication, but I didn’t think I needed any of that, so I figured I’d find someone to talk to. A lot of times, when you’re the go-to person, you got to ask yourself, who does the go-to person talk to? Sometimes you need to seek a professional opinion. God was telling me to go talk to someone.”
Co-host Dr. Jess has done incredible work tailoring conversations about mental wellness to our social media-driven world. She speaks with her 30,000+ Instagram followers weekly through Instagram live Q/A sessions – doing her part to break down stigmas about mental health firmly rooted in black community. As a Black doctor, her unique experience has allowed her to build a progressive community through lessons on self-empowerment, healing, and mental health.
Whether you’ve struggled with mental health conditions in the past or know people close to you that have, this is a conversation you definitely don’t want to miss out on. Tune into “IN SESSION: LIVE WITH DR. JESS” Monday, November 12th at 10PM ET/PT only on VH1.