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Article: Black Folks and Mental Health: Why Do We Suffer in Silence?

Reading the African-American Community Mental Health and African-American Women and Depression Fact Sheets at NAMI.org got me to thinking about the crisis in our community…

I knew from experience and from personal conversations that mental illness was not accepted in the African-American community.   As I researched mental illness in general and depression specifically, I saw the stance as foolish and unfortunate.   Learning about etiologies and symptoms led to the realization that I knew a lot of people with some degree of mental illness that would be hard pressed to admit it much less speak about, even in private conversation.  The following article tells of two African-American women, their experience and how they are helping to raise awareness in their respective communities.

...the statistics are loud and clear. African Americans are 20% more likely to report having serious psychological distress than non-Hispanic Whites, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Services. Yet young adult African Americans, especially those with higher levels of education, are less likely to seek mental health services than their White counterparts, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association.  

When the evidence proves African Americans are disproportionately more likely to experience circumstances that increase the chances of having a mental illness or challenge, it begs the question: why do so many African Americans suffer in silence?...

con’t reading: Black Folks and Mental Health: Why Do We Suffer in Silence? written by Nia Hamm, producer and freelance writer having works published on multiple websites including Ebony.com, Huffington Post and CNBC.  Retrieved April 27th, 2014 from http://www.ebony.com/wellness-empowerment/black-folks-and-mental-health-610/2#axzz306eg64Gm

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