Virginia Doctor’s Mental Health Initiative Offers Help for African-American Communities
[NBC News4 Washington] African-Americans have been hard hit by coronavirus, but the impact isn’t just physical. Health experts are also worried about the mental toll on communities of color. News4’s Cory Smith reports some organizations are now teaming up to provide free help.
How COVID-19 Could Affect Mental Health and Suicide
COVID-19 could be a “perfect storm” for suicide – triggered by social isolation combined with economic distress and health stress (Chris Adams, NPF). In this video, Dr. Alfiee speaks with Chris Adams of the National Press Foundation and addresses over 200 journalists from around the world on the mental health impacts of COVID-19.
Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble, Mental Health Expert, on the challenges facing Front Line Workers during the COVID-19 pandemic
As health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic face unprecedented challenges, experts say more resources are needed to support their mental health. Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble, Founder of the AAKOMA Project, explained during a National Press Foundation teleconference, that medical professionals should be equipped with tools and training for how to cope with the intense stress they face daily.
Couched in Color - New Video Podcast with Dr. Alfiee!
Dr. Alfiee hosts a new weekly video/audio podcast to empower youth, families and communities. Couched in Color is a weekly show designed to encourage dialogue on the mental health needs of youth and young adults of color. Our producer Mark McDonald is a former BBC and NPR-station leader with more than twenty years of international media experience.
Dr. Alfiee's Work Featured on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
We were all over the moon to see Dr. Alfiee’s NBC Nightly News Segment appear on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah!! In this excellent segment called “If You Don’t Know, Now You Know”, Trevor Noah discussed many of the points that Dr. Alfiee makes regularly (and rooted in her research with The AAKOMA Project, Inc). The clip with her segment begins at the 1:53 mark and features Dr. Alfiee working through her AAKOMA Project with commentary from Rehema Ellis, renowned education journalist.
"A Most Beautiful Thing Film" Screening at Motion Picture Association of America
Dr. Alfiee joined the producer and stars of the new film, "A Most Beautiful Thing" at the World screening of the film in Washington, DC Feb. 27, 2020. The film tells the inspiring story of the first all African American male rowing team from the Westside of Chicago.
300 Fathers Podcast: Overcoming Teenage Depression and Improving Mental Health with Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble
Dr. Alfiee speaks with 300 Fathers founder, Troy Woods on Depression and Mental Illness in Black boys and boys of color explaining how to recognize signs and where to go for help.
PCORI Annual Meeting 2019: Improving Care and Outcomes for People with Anxiety Disorders
Dr. Alfiee expertly moderates a discussion on Patient Centered Outcomes Research, ensuring that issues related to the needs of ALL people with anxiety disorders (including marginalized populations) are addressed by the panel.
Mental Health Awareness Month Detroit FoxNews 2
Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble, a media personality and Founder of the AAKOMA Project, Inc. visited Detroit on a speaking tour of local high schools.
(Audio from WHYY The Pulse) Silenced by fear: New moms worry postpartum depression could mean losing their children
Dr. Alfiee is expert discussing the mental health disparities faced by women of color with postpartum depression in interview by Aneri Pattani of the Philadelphia Inquirer (a collaboration with the Pulse radio program).
The African American Experience, Part I
Episode #2226: The African American Experience, Part I This week Dennis Wholey begins a two-program conversation with two African American psychologists on how the lives of African Americans have been influenced by history and are impacted today in ways that some of the country may not see, realize or appreciate.
The African American Experience, Part II
Episode #2228: The African American Experience, Part II Host Dennis Wholey continues his discussion with 2 African American psychologists on the lived experiences of African Americans. The guests discuss lived experience, stories from loved ones and friends and dispel myths and negative stereotypes.
National Health Research Forum
Research!America’s National Health Research Forum sparks stimulating conversations among top leaders in government, industry, patient advocacy and academia about relevant issues that could impact the trajectory of public health and medical research.
Dr. Alfiee is featured expert in this excellent article on Mic.com profiling the new @ayanaapp that helps people of color and marginalized groups seek care for mental health and well-being. Melissa Pandinka reports.
For this new year of 2020, Dr. Alfiee starts with a bang as she is profiled in the Psychotherapy Networker Magazine discussion her passion for addressing mental health disparities facing African Americans and other people of color with a focus on teens and youth. Dr. Ryan Howes writes the profile.
In December 2019, Dr. Alfiee was interviewed by Dr. Earl Turner for his podcast, The Breakdown with Dr. Earl. The episode was the final one of the season for Dr. Earl and focused on mental health in African Americans. Dr. Alfiee discussed her new nonprofit The AAKOMA Project, Inc. and the two expert psychologists also discussed unique approaches to reducing stigma and health disparities in among African Americans.
Dr. Alfiee was interviewed by Kimberley Berry for her podcast, Being UnNormal. The episode was the first one of her new season and focused on mental health in African American youth, youth of color, families and communities. Dr. Alfiee discussed her new nonprofit The AAKOMA Project, Inc. and described the unique approaches to reducing stigma and health disparities in among African Americans that she has built over the past 20 years. She also discussed her media work and her use of social media and traditional media as a platform to engage underserved communities.
September 15, 2019
The Big East Conference (Commissioner Val Ackerman and Associate Commissioner for Men’s Basketball Stu Jackson) Hosted the 5th annual Freshman Fundamentals Conference for the men basketball players of the Big East. The conference was created to introduce the young men to national-stage college level basketball and to support their overall development and well-being as emerging student-athletes. Dr. Alfiee was the first speaker to present to the group and she presented a talk on Student-Athlete Mental Health entitled “Ballers: Identity, Mental Health and Mental Illness”. Currently, commercials including clips of her participation in the Freshman Fundamentals event, are running during nationally televised Big East Men’s Basketball games.
September 7, 2019
September 2019 the Big East Conference (Commissioner Val Ackerman and Associate Commissioner for Women’s Basketball Tracy Ellis Ward) hosted the 5th annual Transition Game Conference for the women basketball players of the Big East. The session was designed to introduce the young women to life after center-stage college level basketball and to support their overall development and well-being as emerging professionals. Dr. Alfiee presented to the group a talk on “Transitions, Mental Health and Student Athletes”.
[From PCORI’s Website] One out of every four Americans experiences an anxiety disorder in his or her lifetime, making anxiety disorders the most prevalent group of psychiatric disorders in the United States. There is also a significant public burden, with annual costs of associated medical expenditures, lost productivity, and functional impairment estimated at $42.3–$46.6 billion annually. Anxiety disorders are among the earliest psychiatric conditions to develop, with a median age of onset of 11 years. This breakout session at the 2019 PCORI Annual Meeting includes presentations on PCORI-funded research studies comparing evidence-based interventions in the treatment of anxiety, followed by a discussion of how these patient-centered approaches have the potential to improve quality of life for those impacted by anxiety disorders.
May 23, 2019
Tour of Detroit area High Schools and Fox News 2 Detroit
From May 23 – 25th, Dr. Alfiee toured Detroit area Renaissance and Romulus High Schools to talk with teens about their mental health. In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, this national tour was the brainchild of Dr. Alfiee to support teens of color with their mental health and emotional well-being. With a talk entitled, Dear Teenagers: Diversity, Mental Health and You, Dr. Alfiee raised awareness of signs and symptoms of major mental illness and placed these issues in context for Black teens/families and families of color. She was also invited to stop by Fox News 2 Detroit to talk about her work. The tour was co-sponsored by The AAKOMA Project, Each One Teach One, Nurturing Wellness and Mindspace Wellness.
May 15, 2019
On May 3, 2019, Dr. Alfiee launched the AAKOMA Project, Inc. as a nonprofit via a mini-gala. The evening was filled with music, great food and included recognition of women and Black owned business in the DMV area. the focus of the evening was to celebrate 20 years of the AAKOMA Project and most importantly, the beginning of the formation of the AAKOMA Project, Inc as a research nonprofit. Dr. Alfiee has initiated the process of securing tax exempt (501c3) status, formed an inaugural board (with a teen advisory team) and has 12-18 months of roll-out and start up plans already curated. A longer video highlight (by Clark Bailey Media) is on Dr. Alfiee’s IGTV and LinkedIn pages.
Dr. Alfiee gave an interview to Aneri Pattani of the Philadelphia Inquirer for this story on mental health disparities and African Americans/U.S. Blacks being misdiagnosed with Schizophrenia.
Discussion on the Racial Disparities in Mental Health Research with Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble, Denise Juliana-Bult MSW, Dr. Michael Lindsey, and Dr. William Lawson.
Dr. Alfiee’s recently published team science efforts with the Healthy Minds Network at the University of Michigan (lead paper author now an assistant professor at Boston College in Psychology) featured on Metro Page cover story in the Boston Globe (check news feature out here). Dr. Alfiee is senior scientist on this paper sharing her expertise in mental health disparities for young people of color. Article forthcoming in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
Research shows that while irritability in the average white teenager is often labeled as depression, it’s more likely seen as disruptive in black or Latino children — which Doctors say that can lead to feelings of hopelessness.
Dr. Alfiee discussed college student mental health on PBS NewsHour
Dr. Alfiee talks with Lester Holt about her research on Black adolescent depression with AAKOMA (the story also features Dr. Alfiee’s long time friend and colleague Mrs. H. Kathy Williams).
Dr. Alfiee served as expert on nationally televised special Undercover High: After School. Please see the quick (family-captured) screenshot from the episode and you can watch the full episode here.
Dr. Alfiee participated as an expert panelist in the 2018 Topeka Public Schools Equity Summit moderated by the one and only Soledad O’Brien. See full story here.