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


May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental illness is the silent killer of African Americans, but it doesn't have to be. The shame and embarrassment about any form of disability can be found in most ethnic groups. However, there is a higher prevalence of stigmas over mental disability in African-American and Latino groups. We are quickly met with, “I’ll just pray about it” or “ I don’t want anyone in my business” when addressing someone's need for treatment. Take the initiative this month to learn more about mental illness, and the millions of lives affected by it. This is a old article ( You Can Read It Here ) I'm sharing on my social media platforms.

Let's talk about it.

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  1. Ann, I honestly believe a lot of it has to do with many of our religious upbringings. We were simply taught to be strong, pray, and God woulkd take care of it. We were taught men must be strong and women should pray.

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    1. Thanks 1st lady for your comment. I agree it’s frowned upon in our culture to seek mental health assistance.

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  2. I believe it's because black people don't trust the system and were conditioned to believe their mental health is not worth a thing. In the US, health of all kinds is not considered worthy by the system. In the 60s and 70s there was a movement for mental and spiritual health but it isn't as strong today.

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    1. Thanks Anonymous for the comment, you could be right.

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  3. Y'all I got PTSD after being harassed, stalked and assaulted by a West Indian man for 9 years. It's turned into a community wide campaign because people think I'm weak for not "enduring" the trauma. I now realize he's probably mentally ill. Apparently, it was known to the people in the community that I moved into that he engaged in this behavior. I was new and a new target. I'm an attorney. When he attacked me and I insisted that he be prosecuted, he filed criminal charges against me. It's cost me everything. Career, house and health. And they're still at it. I'm doing research on stalking and mental illness. Apparently, people become numb to other's pain and loose empathy. This develops into a personality disorder that enables them to engage in and commit heinous crimes. Five women who are from this town have been killed since 2008 when the man came after me. One of the women was murdered by a 20 year old who is now being investigated as a serial killer. Very interesting.

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    1. Thanks Anonymous for the comment, I hate you had to go through this, I hope everything works out for you.

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