Dr. LaKeisha Gantt

AthensForEveryone

Alexia Ridley talks to psychologist LaKeisha Gantt about Black pain and trauma, and how people of color can protect their mental health as more and more incidents of Black people dying at the hands of police are reported.

Athens for Everyone

Athenians joined the rest of the nation in following the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin and while a guilty verdict brought that case to a close, a seemingly constant number of similar situations is taking a psychological toll. Dr. LaKeisha Gantt is a Psychologist in Athens.

"It impacts our emotions, how we think, oftentimes it can impact how we function in our day-to-day life. It can impact us physically."

Gantt says it has an even greater bearing on Black Americans.

Athens News Matters: Fighting Pandemic Fatigue

Nov 20, 2020

More than six months into the coronavirus pandemic, cases are again surging across the US, and one factor may be that people are simply tired of following necessary precautions. We spoke to three professionals to discuss the contributions to pandemic fatigue and how to deal with its effects, while also continuing to stay safe during the pandemic.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The statewide shelter-in-place order is still in effect until Thursday, April 30th. Experts say the circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic are unprecedented.

Psychologist and Professor LaKeisha Gantt says the social distancing, isolation and threat of getting infected with COVID-19 may be more difficult for some groups.

“For instance, if you think about people who have already experienced some type of underlying mental health symptoms or experiences like anxiety, or depression, significant amounts of stress,”