Spirituality and mental health are very much related, but together they make many people uncomfortable and maybe even, confrontational. There is the age-old issue of therapists not wanting to work with clients who are of different faiths. We’ve heard of therapists not wanting to work with clients whose lifestyles differ from their religious beliefs. There are clients who do not want to work with therapists who are not of their cultural and religious beliefs. And of course, counselors who involve the clients’ faith in their therapy. I belong to the latter group.
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Social and cultural traumas facing Blacks have lasted for centuries. Blacks have had to endure excessive amounts of trauma that has lasted centuries and are hardwired into our psyche. These built-in emotional, cultural, spiritual, racial, and mental traumas have shaped our histories. These traumas our beliefs, values, and our strengths and weaknesses.
When we say that black mental health is a necessity, we mean that we must be mindful of our histories on our current circumstances. Our past hurts and traumas lingers in our minds, bodies, emotions, and psyche. The late Maya Angelou said it best, “I come as one but stand as ten thousand,” because our souls are filled with the pain of the past hurts and continued triggers we still deal with.
Why Focus on Black Mental Health?
I created this website to spread awareness about mental health, particularly black mental health. As a therapist, I am wholeheartedly in support of taking care of ourselves…mind, body, and spirit.
I believe that self-care should be holistic and serve us in the ways that we need to be served. I know that we understand the value of seeking medical expertise for our bodies. Black women tend to neglect our mental health because we are not taught to take care of ourselves.