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Black Mental Health

Is There a Difference Between Mental Health and Mental Illness?

September 6, 2017

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Lately, it seems like mental health and mental illness have become synonymous. To clarify, everyone has mental health, everyone does not have a mental illness or disorder. Society possesses many stigmas regarding mental health. These stigmas are perpetuated by fear of the unknown (mental health being the unknown variable), fear of mental disorders and illnesses being contagious, fear of ostracism, and fear of being different.

The truth is that we now live in an information age; there is so much information at the touch of a button, that living in ignorance is no longer an excuse. We all know someone who has been touched by a mental health condition; that is, if we, ourselves, have not experienced our own mental health condition at some point.

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Black Mental Health

3 Reasons Why Both Mental Health & Physical Health Matters

September 2, 2017

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The sad truth is even today as society slowly becomes more accepting of mental health and mental illness (yes, they are different), mental health is still viewed as inferior and less important than physical health. Oftentimes, mental illness is viewed as acceptable when the media labels certain individuals with severe mental disorders or when mental illness is joked about or misrepresented.

Many times, the symptoms of mental illnesses are severely exaggerated which can further serve to perpetuate the stigmas associated with mental illness. Stigmas serve to create distance and embed a ‘them and us’ belief and attitude. However, the plain truth is that most of us know at least one person who has suffered from mental illness.

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Black Mental Health

Mental Health Stigmas Shames Us Into Silence

August 30, 2017

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Does mental health stigmas shame us into silence?

The truth of the matter is that most people do not seek help for mental illness because of the stigmas that surround mental illness. If we are really honest with ourselves, we can acknowledge that we do not want to be shamed or seen as weak.

Mental illness to some implies ‘less than normal’. For many of us, mental illness means that we have somehow caused our brains to stop functioning properly and we should, therefore, be ashamed of our deficits. Society tells us that only normal is acceptable. Yet, I’m still trying to figure out who decides the standards for normal?

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Black Mental Health

Social & Cultural Traumas Facing Blacks

August 9, 2017

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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.

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Black Mental Health

Why Focus on Black Mental Health?

August 2, 2017

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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.

 

Self-Care

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.

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