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"Therapy, Meditation, Writing & Self-Compassion" with Kvon Tucker


Kvon Tucker joins Christie Mann to have an open and authentic conversation about being a black man working on his mental health. He shares how his depression ended up being a blessing and provides actionable tips everyone can do to support their mental health.

You won't want to miss this conversation! Come Learn, Love, UpLevel, and help bring awareness to and end the stigma around Mental Health.

In This Episode:

  • How suicidal thoughts are more common than one might think

  • Focusing on just putting one foot in front of the other

  • How his struggles led him to his passion

  • Getting himself out of autopilot

  • Still being depressed after reaching his 6-figure dream

  • Removing himself from societal conditioning

  • Not having to be filled with rage

  • What depression is

  • The power of meditation

  • Where to start if you’re new to meditating

  • Using writing as therapy

  • Self-compassion

  • How being kind to yourself actually helps you get more things done

Quotations to Share:

“There are going to be lighter periods and darker periods in life.” ~Kvon Tucker

You’re not alone. Just keep going.” ~Christie Mann

“One of the most important things in our lives, and what's gotten us through the toughest, darkest deepest moments of depression, sadness challenge is just putting one foot in front of the other every day.” ~Kvon Tucker

“Just put one foot in front of the other. You will eventually get to where you want to be.” ~Kvon Tucker

“The whole idea [Consciously] is about helping people learn more about who they are and live their lives on purpose, and that's it.” ~Kvon Tucker

“And when you are focused on who you are and what's important to you, and you go for it, you heal. And you become a more effective leader, and you create more good for yourself and more good for others.” ~Kvon Tucker

“The pain, the depression, the suicidal thoughts, the anxiety, the mental health challenge is a knock at the door that there is something greater for you for the expression of you.” ~Christie Mann

“As low as it could feel in this moment or in this period of time, there is something on the other side that will have you feeling like you're on purpose and you're doing the work you were intended to do.” ~Christie Mann

“I didn't feel this way when I was going through it, but I now feel like my depression was a gift. It was a signal to me that I wasn't looking at who I am, and I wasn't honoring who I am.” ~Kvon Tucker

“When you look at who you are, you begin to love who you are kind of automatically. And when you begin to honor who you are, all sorts of amazing things happen, and your dreams begin to come true, but it does start with looking at who you are.” ~Kvon Tucker

“There's a stat that 63% of black people believe a mental health condition is a sign of weakness.” ~Christie Mann

“Sometimes, you have to look at whether or not these parts of your culture of serving you.” ~Kvon Tucker

“What I would say to folks who are in a tough period of kind of questioning whether or not they should do this thing [therapy] they're thinking about is, ‘Is this part of the culture that you're coming from really serving you right now? Maybe it has served you in the past. Maybe it is still helping, but if you're in a place where you're really suffering, it might be time to consider some other ways of supporting yourself.’” ~Kvon Tucker

“That's important for folks to know that it's okay. If the black church isn't healing you in all the ways that you want to be.” ~Kvon Tucker

“There are so many barriers to actually getting the support you want or that you need at that time–cultural, financial, and then there's the relevance to your identity? That is, I think, the final hurdle for many people, but it's a big one.” ~Kvon Tucker

“We need to ensure that people of color have access to mental health care and experts in the same way that a white person would.” ~Christie Mann

“You don't have to be depressed. You don't have to be rageful all the time.” ~Kvon Tucker

“Next to therapy, right next to it, is meditation.” ~Kvon Tucker

“When you're not beating yourself on the back all the time, and instead holding and lifting yourself up, it will transform your life.” ~Kvon Tucker

“We are so automatic to say, ‘yes, I'll be on that call. Yes. I'll respond to that note right away.’ But it's about taking a moment. So wait for a second, say, ‘Let me check in with myself. What do I need before I say yes?’” ~Christie Mann

“And it's been my experience that when you are focused on your own self-awareness, you will heal, and your life will get better. It might not happen in ways in which you expect it to, but betting on your own self-awareness will always pay positive dividends.” ~Kvon Tucker


Kvon Tucker is a professionally trained Learning and Leadership Development expert, who has spent a third of his life dedicated to helping leaders, teams, and organizations learn, adapt, and transform. He has helped leaders at Netflix, Amazon, and Google adapt to hyper-growth and tremendous scale through experiential learning and coaching.

About UpLevel Productions: Founded by Christie Mann, MA, CPCC, PCC, and Rachel Baldi, CPCC, PCC, UpLevel creates, produces, and delivers Transformative Experiences, Workshops, Training, Events + Media that develop leaders who make our world a healthier, more alive, and connected place to be. As Associate CTI Faculty Partners, UpLevel is licensed to sell, produce and deliver Co-Active coach training and leadership development programs around the world to support the transformational growth of individuals and culture inside the workplace and organization. Instagram @uplevelproductions Facebook & LinkedIn @uplevelproductionscompany


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