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Kendrick Sampson Shares About Growing Up with Test Anxiety

May 11, 2023

“Don’t wait until the point that it gets unbearable to share those pains, to share those experiences, because other people experience those things too. I’m grateful that I have a community now and a therapist.”
Kendrick Sampson

For May Mental Health Awareness Month, actor Kendrick Sampson shares how he struggled with test anxiety during his school years. Despite studying hard to make sure he knew the answers, he’d often second guess himself and experience headaches and stomach pain. Kendrick emphasizes the importance of speaking up, sharing one’s mental health challenges, and building a community with those who understand and can offer support. He encourages viewers to seek help and resources, reminding them that they are not alone in their struggles and they’re capable of overcoming these challenges.

About the You Got This Campaign

Battling mental health issues can sometimes feel isolating and overwhelming. The You Got This campaign strives to assure you that you’re never alone. Celebrities and influencers share their stories and provide tips on how they got through the hardships of both their past and present, reinforcing the empowering message that while things may be hard now, #YouGotThis.

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About Kendrick Sampson

Kendrick Sampson is an actor and activist from the suburbs of Houston, Texas, where he was surrounded by musicians and artists and naturally gravitated to the arts. He starred in the 2020 Sundance and SXSW award winning film “Miss Juneteenth” directed by Channing Godfrey Peoples.

Kendrick is also a regular on HBO’s “Insecure”.

He began his career on various television series including “Greek”, “CSI”, “The Vampire Diaries”, and the Fox miniseries “Gracepoint”. He had recurring roles as ‘Caleb Hapstall’ on ABC’s “How to get Away with Murder”, ‘Robbie MacDonald’ in Showtime’s “White Famous”, and ‘Dominic Lanse’ on The CW’s “The Flash”.

Kendrick uses his voice to empower marginalized communities and to shine light on issues of inequity. His activism is focused on racial justice, intersectionality, criminal justice reform, and uniting Black, Brown and Indigenous communities. He is a proud supporter of the Standing Rock and Black Lives Matter movements, progressive political campaigns, and social justice education.

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Tagged with: #YouGotThis, Mental Health, Mental Health Awareness Month