"I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart." -Anne Frank
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In honor of the first day of the BEST month of the year, Black History Month, I am here to dicuss mental health!
Some interesting stats: -According to the Health and Human Services Office of Miniority Health, African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population. -Less than 2% of the American Psychlogical Association members are Black/African American. This can be extremely disheartening for the small number of black individuals that DO seek help because of cultural competency issues specific to their race. -Common mental health disorders among African Americans: major depression, ADD, and PTSD.
As a psych major, future therapist, and black woman I WANT BETTER for my community. We deserve more black members of the APA, which is yet another reason I want to be a therapist.
But we also need to confront the stigma that black men and women face for seeking help in our community.
This month as we celebrate powerful black men and women, remember that MANY of your idols, including Dr. King, had mental illnesses.
We NEED to make it okay for black men and women to talk about their mental health. For more info: https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Diverse-Communities/African-Americans
I have had an amazing weekend. -I watched my best friend marry the love of her life. -I caught the bouquet.
-Got to spend time with old friends (Destin and Jake )
-I presented research at my first conference at Wabash College and will be presenting again in Atlanta, Georgia in March 2018.
Much blessings. Much grateful. Much love.