Mental health in the Black Community. It’s something that isn’t talked about as much as it should be. There are so many of us walking round trying to act like we have it all together, but we know that isn’t true. There are problems with every race of people, but the difference between them and people of the Black Community is, they get help when they need it. Pride isn’t the number one concern for them. To be honest, I think therapist are under utilized. All those thoughts in your head need to get out, sometimes that’s what’s driving you crazy. Having someone listen to your problems and ideas has always helped ease pressure, pain, and sadness.
It’s not like therapy is a new concept, but for people of color it was always taught not to go and tell other people your business. That maybe another reason why so many people of color have a large amount of unresolved issues within their community. It doesn’t hurt to seek help, if you belief you need it. Let us not make that a stigma. Mental health is just like any other illness. Don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed that you need to speak to a professional about your mental health and clarity.
Below is a video of The Breakfast Club interviewing Taraji P. Henson and Tracie Jenkins. The two women run down a list of the way mental health is not talked about enough through out the Black Community, also how mental health has affected their lives.
I hope this helps people to realize they are not the problem. They just need someone to listen to them and help them through their problems.
And for those of you who would like to know the name of Taraji P. Henson’s foundation, it’s The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation (BLHF). I’m only citing this foundation because I believe she’s doing this for the right reasons. Once I find other foundations with pure intention I will list them at a later date.
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