Mental Health is something we all need to be aware of. We need to be aware of our feelings, emotions and actions. One thought can change your whole life and those around you. Are you feeling depressed? Are you anxious more than normal? What are your symptoms?
As a woman of color, I’ve noticed an increase in depression and suicide amongst African Americans: females, children and especially males. Working in the health field I’ve noticed children of color battling mental disorders more than normal. I’ve seen the African American male lean towards a feeling whether in promiscuity or drowning in work to hide behind the real issue of being suicidal, depressed and not knowing their worth. My wish is for black men to know their status and seek help when needed. Therapy is to help heal not to make you feel weak; the weakness is not getting the treatment you need. Depression is often unspoken among black men. Which deeply effects the health and quality of life. With that being said, the trauma that people of color have faced takes a toll on the African American male. Let’s change this stigma as a culture and spread knowledge, love and understanding to those in need.
Here is a list if you or a sibling, friend or even a coworker has these symptoms contact your doctor and let someone know. Do not try to fight this battle alone. Some symptoms are: low mood, sadness, reluctance to engage with family and friends, excessive crying, restlessness, irritable or even aggressive behavior.
Help is available. Contact: Mental Health Treatment at 1-844-549-4266 or The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
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