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Dr. David O. Fakunle: Using Storytelling to Address Issues of Race and Mental Health S9E15

Dr. David O. Fakunle: Using Storytelling to Address Issues of Race and Mental Health

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In this episode of The Truth in This Art podcast, host Rob Lee interviews Dr. David O. Fakunle, a Baltimore native and self-described mercenary for change. They discuss the power of storytelling in addressing issues of race and mental health, Dr. Fakunle's personal journey, and the importance of authenticity in storytelling. ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ๐ŸŒ

Episode Highlights:
  • Introduction to Dr. David O. Fakunle and his work as a mercenary for change. (00:00:10-00:00:30) ๐ŸŽค
  • Dr. Fakunle's upbringing in a family of creatives and the influence of his mother and godparents. (00:02:06-00:04:54) ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ
  • The revelation of using storytelling in a public health context. (00:05:25-00:06:39) ๐Ÿ’ก
  • The concept of being a mercenary for change and the importance of authenticity in storytelling. (00:09:28-00:11:48) ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ“–
  • The role of storytelling in understanding, addressing, and dismantling complex racial issues. (00:30:05-00:36:04) ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿค

Key Takeaways:
  • Storytelling is a powerful tool for addressing issues of race and mental health. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฌ
  • Authenticity is crucial in storytelling, allowing individuals to share their truth and be unapologetic about their experiences. ๐Ÿ™Œ
  • Storytelling can humanize individuals and challenge stereotypes and stigmas associated with addiction and mental health. ๐ŸŒโค๏ธ
  • Qualitative research and storytelling provide a more comprehensive understanding of health issues compared to quantitative data alone. ๐Ÿ“Š๐Ÿ“š

Visit Dr. David O. Fakunle's website to learn more about his work and upcoming projects. ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ”—

Social Media Links:
Facebook: DiscoverME/RecoverME
Instagram: discovermerecoverme
LinkedIn: David Fakunle, Ph.D.

Hey there, amazing listeners! We hope you enjoyed this insightful episode with Dr. David O. Fakunle. Now, we have a small request for you. ๐Ÿ™

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Thank you for being a part of our community and for your continued support. Together, we can make a difference through storytelling and fostering understanding. ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿค—

This program is supported (in part) by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.

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Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.

Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.

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Creators and Guests

Rob Lee
Rob Lee
The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.
David Fakunle, Ph.D.
David Fakunle, Ph.D.
My goal in the existence given to me is to help my people, my city, my state, my country, and my world. Whether that is a researcher, a practitioner, a mentor, or just a helping hand, I am willing to do it.


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