THE ONLY OPTION IS ACTION: Activists and Mental Health

Brian Tate | April 13, 2022

Watch archive of livestream from Thursday, May 19, 6:00-7:30 pm EST. Click through to YouTube for timestamps of topics discussed.

How are activists responding to such issues as attacks on democracy, attacks on protesters, activism in the pandemic-era, activism after the murder of George Floyd, solidarity work, hate crimes, the backlash to racial justice, and the lingering impact of historic traumas. How is mental health within the field? What can the views and experiences of activists teach us about strengthening mental wellbeing in our communities?   

Join us online for THE ONLY OPTION IS ACTION:  A Conversation with Activists About Mental Health. With Mike Ishii, Judith LeBlanc (Caddo Nation), Maru Mora-Villalpando, Vilissa Thompson, LMSW, and Nala Toussaint. Moderated by Brian Tate. Opening performance by Angel Nafis.

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Brian Tate, Director of Community Partnerships, The WNET Group; Founder, Tate Strategy

Mike Ishii, Co-chair, Tsuru for Solidarity

Judith LeBlanc (Caddo Nation), Director, Native Organizers Alliance

Maru Mora-Villalpando, CEO, Latino Advocacy; Founder, La Resistencia

Vilissa Thompson, LMSW, Founder & CEO, Ramp Your Voice!

Nala Toussaint, Founder, Reuniting of African Descendants

Opening Performance
Angel Nafis, writer, teacher, blkgirl; Author, BlackGirl Mansion

Full bios of panelists


Mike Ishii: Confronting America’s Dark Past – National Parks Conservation Association

Judith LeBlanc (Caddo Nation): Self Care in the Multiracial Movement for Black Lives – COLORLINES

Maru Mora-Villalpando: The Time Is Now, Whatever It Costs – Yes Magazine



GRACE UNDER PRESSURE: Town Halls on Mental Health (April 28-May 26) is a five-week examination of mental health from the perspectives of frontline thinkers and doers who help define American society: healthcare workers, K-12 teachers, mental health providers, activists, and journalists. The series will present frank talk about issues and solutions, with an understanding of history and eyes toward the future.

Streaming on Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. EST, from April 28-May 26.

Presented by The WNET Group, America’s flagship PBS station.

Curated by Brian Tate, Director of Community Partnerships, The WNET Group.

Promotional Partners

Asian American Federation
National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC)

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