Kelechi Ubozoh is a Nigerian-American mental health advocate, writer, and SF Bay Area poet. In summer of 2019, her book with co-editor Liz Green, We’ve Been Too Patient was released from North Atlantic Books and distributed by Penguin Random House. We’ve Been Too Patient is a collection of a diverse of voices who all share their stories of radical healing and consider the recent movement towards reform in the mental health field, including the mad pride/consumer movement, theater as therapy, peer support, combatting stigma, and trauma-informed care. Check out her interview talking about the importance of diverse voices in radical mental health with Rising up with Sonali. For updates and more information on the book, check out We’ve Been Too Patient.
Kelechi keeps it real on her thoughts of the California Mental Health System- watch her join some heavy weights on the topic on the CalMatters Mental Health Webinar.
Read Kelechi’s personal story promoting awareness and suicide prevention in O Magazine . She is featured in The Voice Award Winning documentary, The S Word, following the lives of suicide attempt survivors in an effort to eliminate stigma of mental health issues. Check out The S Word Movie Trailer. Read her Q&A with non-profit-mental health organization PEERS at Q&A with Kelechi Ubozoh. Kelechi was also featured on the Good Morning America Website to share her story check it out at Good Morning America and on Mental Illness Happy Hour with Paul Gilmartin. She chats with the ladies of the Social Changery Do More Good Podcast . Her story is also featured in the Live Through This Project.
Kelechi co-runs a quarterly reading series called Moon Drop Productions and frequents many Bay Area readings like Lit Crawl, Beast Crawl, Birds of Paradise, Lyrics and Dirges, Get Lit, Passages on the Lake, Voz Sin Tinta, Nomadic Press, Liminal, and Bay Area Generations (Live Performance !) Her poetry is featured in an Anthology of San Francisco Bay Area Writers of Color, check out her live performance at Endangered Species, Enduring Values San Francisco Library Launch.
Need help or resources?
National Suicide Prevention Helpline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
The Trevor Helpline (For LGBT+): 1-800-850-807
Help Finding a Therapist: 1-800-THERAPIST (1-800-843-7274)