African American Women and Girls and Depression

Help African American women overcome the stigma of seeking treatment for depression. In this session you learn about how some of the daily stressors including COVID-19 impacted the mental health of black women. Understand the dynamics behind high suicide rates among black girls and the efforts to help them through best practices.


Crystal Carter

Crystal Carter is a clinical assistant professor and social work field liaison in the Social Work Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a licensed clinical social worker responsible for teaching field seminars and overseeing field placements for community-based mental health and substance abuse treatment programs, outpatient clinics and veteran’s services.

Crystal is a therapist part-time through Nova Mental Health Services, with a specialty in BIPOC populations, women’s issues and couples. She has a vast amount of experience in the social services field including management, child welfare and public assistance. Prior to her current position, she worked for many years at Ascension Healthcare of Wisconsin as an outpatient psychotherapist providing individual and group therapy to youth, adults, families and couples. Crystal was an adjunct instructor at Upper Iowa University and Bryant and Stratton College where she taught Marriage and the Family, Introduction to Human Services, Developmental Psychology: Birth to Adolescence and Critical Thinking.

As a graduate student in social work at UW-Milwaukee, Crystal’s emphasis was on children and families. Her passion continues to be serving and educating the community. She received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and an MSW at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.