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BIPOC mental health and celebrating diversity with Ladell Smith

Episode 15

On the first episode of 2023, Rosie talks to Ladell Smith or Pastelbat on BIPOC mental health and celebrating diversity in our industry.

Ladell is the Associate Social and Community Manager at Auroch Digital, Safe In Our World Ambassador in our Class of 2023, and owner of They Play Podcast – which is a space for gender non conforming people to share their stories and love of games!

We kick off the episode discussing their history of most treasured games, how they started streaming and working in the industry, including Ladell’s previous focus on teaching and how that has impacted their career.

We focus specifically on how folks can understand mental health in a more equitable way, and be a better ally for BIPOC folk in the mental health space.

BIPOC Mental Health and Celebrating Diversity is written on pink cloud. beneath is Rosie and Ladell smiling in front of a Destiny 2 background

Ladell discusses how stigma can fluctuate depending on socioeconomic status, culture, and location, as well as how that has an effect on BIPOC when opening up about their own mental health.

Finally we celebrate Ladell’s favourite moments in their career so far, and look to the future of the industry!

You can find Ladell’s personal twitter at @Pastelbat90, or follow their podcast They Play Games at @TheyPlayPodcast on Twitter.


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