On Second Thought For Monday, May 20, 2019

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. College students today increasingly report being affected by depression and anxiety. Barry Schreier, director of the University Counseling Service at the University of Iowa and communications committee chair for the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors, joined On Second Thought to explain the national scope of this problem and told us why exactly students are more stressed, depressed and anxious now than ever before.


African Americans are 10 percent more likely to report experiencing serious mental health problems than their white counterparts, according to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. The podcast Therapy for Black Girls promotes mental and emotional wellness for African American women. Joy Harden, an Atlanta-based psychologist, hosts the podcast. She joined On Second Thought to discuss her work and the podcast's evolution since 2017.

Harriet Tubman is a hero of the Underground Railroad, and her work with the Union Army makes her likely the first African American woman to serve in the U.S. military.  This 5-foot-tall, fierce woman is the topic of numerous historical accounts. The Tubman Command, a novel out Tuesday, uses fictional storytelling to fill in the blanks. Get a sneak peek of the story from its author, Elizabeth Cobb.

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