There are many documented barriers when it comes to Black people and mental health. In my view the most problematic is the stigmatization around mental health. It has been noted that often that Black people would rather turn to church, friends or healing circles than seek professional help. Black people need to know that it is OK to see professional help and it often will benefit them more that informal channels.
It is important for every member of our community ot develop self care strategies. Finding time to exercise and rest is critical. Knowing what is in your food is most important. Seeking out assistance from others is essential. Working collaboratively with others can change the world.
“It’s hard to say the black community as a whole because we are all so very different. As a start we must be honest about our feelings with our children so that they in turn feel comfortable coming to us with theirs. If things are beyond our control we need to seek help and not brush it under the rug.”
“That is a good question. Community forums are good if you have good facilitators that are compassionate.”
“By educating themselves, by having productive and positive dialogue and the community possessing self awareness.”
“We can start by admitting we don’t have all the answers and could use some assistance without shame nor judgement.”