Healthy Churches 2020 National Conference,Black Men, Depression and The Black Church, With Gospel Legend Richard Smallwood.
Reader, the first of it kind a national conference that's in it third year of bringing the church & public health community together for real talk & resolution on mental and physical health. Gospel Legend Richard Smallwood will be tackling the subject: Black Men, Depression and The Black Church.
Young Black males, as suicide victims, were unheard of growing up in 1970’s. However, presently, according to the American Association of Suicidology, suicide rates for African-American males ages (15-24) increased 83% in the early 80’s and 90’s. More importantly, most suicide victims suffered from depression at their end. Suicide has become a statistical reality for many young brothers. The sad fact that young males are killing themselves is startling, but the communities’ silence is worse, even tragic. As a result, Black communities face stinging charges of being callous, insensitive, and more importantly, mis-educated. It is my belief; the silent epidemic on Black men and depression must be shattered.