For Our Own Care | Issue No. 20
No. 20 | For Our Own Care
They say the first cut is the deepest, but it’s often the bill for the band-aid that leaves the worse bruise. As a result, humanity’s been exploring alternative ways to heal more and more these days, and by 2018, the global wellness industry ballooned into a 4.2 trillion dollar market, charging prime rates for everything from organic eats to yoga retreats. On top of eating clean and staying mindful, the wellness lifestyle demands expensive supplements, serums, specialists, therapists, and devices to measure how well they’re all working. But when medical insurers won’t cover these expenses and peace and quiet become luxury items, what happens to the people who can’t afford the price tag? This month, we’re looking for ways to get better without breaking the bank.
Black Boys Play
By Martine Granby
"Black Boys Play" explores the shortcomings of Brooklyn’s mental health resources through the eyes of Andre Walker, a former patient who navigated both behavioral health hospitals and rehabilitation centers in New York City. In Brooklyn, the majority of patients hospitalized for mental health care are Black men. Predominantly African American communities in the borough, like Crown Heights, hold NYC’s third largest rates of hospitalization. Practicing psychologist Bishop James Chambers of Greater Saint Mary’s, expels how systematic racial bias has hindered the way Black men are treated for mental illness. Filmmaker Martine Granby
By Emily Boghossian
By Jasia Kaulbach
By Khyriel Palmer
Social media is well on its way to becoming one of the most destructive human inventions of modern civilization. Nearly half the world’s population spends an average of two hours a day scrolling, clicking, swiping, and liking, while the more nefarious amongst us use these platforms to bully, misinform, disarray, exploit, and abuse each other. And while Facebook’s Director of Research even suggested that the answer to the mental health issues caused by the platform was to simply become a more active user, producer Khyriel Palmer
Brooklyn, USA is produced by Sachar Mathias, Emily Boghossian, Shirin Barghi, Khyriel Palmer, Sasha Whittle and Charlie Hoxie. We’re tackling everything from language to cooperative economics this season and we want to hear from you. If you want in, send us tips, pitches, thoughts, ideas, self-destructing messages, or just regular normal emails and check out our pitch page for more information.