Nikki Lynette’s stage play ‘Get Out Alive’ shines light on taboo subject

What can African Americans do to remove the stigma around mental health and suicide?

We have this idea that Black folks are somehow more suited to navigating stress and anxiety and depression because we are so accustomed to it. This automatically means if you do happen to have mental health issues, you are weak. That is so wrong. We need everyone to acknowledge that Black people are just as human as everyone else. We have moments of vulnerability, insecurity and fear just like everybody else. When we stop accepting this idea that we must be superhuman just to be good enough, it will become a lot easier to have serious conversations about mental health and suicide.

Check out the teaser for Get Out Alive below.

Lynette’s TEDx Talk is a virtual event scheduled for 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. To attend, go to  Learn more about her work at, and for tickets to Get Out Alive, go to

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