• Jeaiza Quiñones

"The Pain We Can't Heal" with Brigitte Berry

Updated: Mar 26

Brigitte and I met after I applied to become a speaker at TEDxSaint Thomas. A supporter of both the podcast and blog, she very bravely approached me wanting to openly discuss her story and her personal experience with her father's suicide.


In the episode, Brigitte and I discuss the depth and difficulty of navigating mental health struggles: both the ones we've experienced individually and the ones we've seen our loved ones go through. As native Virgin Islanders, we discuss the difficulty of navigating mental health through limited resources and community/cultural stigma.


The episode covers discussions on the importance of therapy, the process of healing from grief and trauma through a mental health lens. You can access the articles mentioned in the episode here:


Effects of Childhood Trauma on Depression and Suicidality in Adulthood


How to Help Someone Who is Suicidal


Tackling mental health in the Caribbean


The Mental Health of Black Caribbean Immigrants: Results from the National Survey of American Life


Help for Mental Illnesses



You can also connect with Brigitte on Facebook (with discretion) and listen to the full episode here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/6ByBfTbJvvCDFVogS63WZC

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