Growing up, I was taught to say that I was “ok” when I really wasn’t. Mental health just wasn’t something that anyone in my family or community talked about or even had access to. Yet pretty much everyone was affected by it.
Today, young people of color are disproportionately affected by mental health issues and are not getting the resources they need, and I want to change that.
And this is why this podcast exists.
Yeah No, I’m Not Ok, my new podcast made in collaboration with LAist Studios, is here to open up the conversation about mental health. Every week we will explore issues that youth face all over the world (addiction, depression, anxiety, suicide, radical self love, and much much more) through conversations with friends, colleagues, activists, artists and health care professionals, all people who have gone through something life-changing and are now healing from it.
We want to start a mental health revolution. A movement that can start by talking about how we feel. One where we’re not ashamed of our own human experience.
What will feel like simple conversations among friends will really become a complex narrative of what is happening right now, especially to young people of color. With a real and emotional sound and few easy answers, Yeah No, I’m Not Ok will hopefully become a critical show in a critical time, a place for you to bring your complicated feelings and spend time with people who are rooting for you.
– Diane Guerrero
This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
Diane Guerrero is a Series Regular on DC Universe/HBO Max’s DOOM PATROL. She plays “Crazy Jane,” the most powerful member of the band of outcast superheroes. An unlikely and unstable hero, Crazy Jane suffers from the world’s most severe case of multiple personality disorder, and each of her 64 distinct personas comes with a different a superpower.
She is also known for her roles as “Sofia” on the CBS comedy SUPERIOR DONUTS, “Maritza Ramos” on Netflix’s series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (for which she received THREE Screen Actors Guild awards) and as "Lina" on CW's, JANE THE VIRGIN.
Diane can be seen next in the Sundance bound Sony feature film BLAST BEAT, starring opposite the Arias brothers, Wilmer Valderrama and Daniel Dae Kim. The film is helmed by Variety’s 10 directors to watch, Esteban Arango.
She was nominated for the 34th Imagen Awards, is the winner of the Lupe Ontiveros Indomitable Spirit Award by the National Hispanic Media Coalition and Variety had named her one of the top 10 Latina actresses to watch: Variety's Top Ten Latinas.
She is an advocate for mental health and immigration issues and has published books about these topics.
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