Mental Health in the black community can be very different from mental health issues in other communities.
Black men face racism, inequality, and discrimination while also facing their own issues.
For the longest mental health in this population has been an issue. 1 in 3 black men who have mental health issues actually get treatment.
One of reasons I believe we have this problem. Is the view for mental health the black community. I believe that seeking help for mental health is looked upon as weakness or being “less than” or even soft.
We truly believe that we can fix all of our problems with prayer. Sometimes our prayers are being answered when help is offered.
Mental health is an issue for black men because of disparities in income and health insurance. Simply put no health insurance equals no way to seek treatment.
Ways to Improve Mental Health in African American Men!
- As a group we have to change the way mental health is looked upon in our community. We must recognize that having mental health issues is not weakness.
- We must recognize that there is help and seeking help is not useless.
- We must not use our faith to escape mental health issues. Prayer and faith are great tools to use when trying to overcome a mental health issues but professional help also plays a role.
- Remember that blessings and prayers can be answered when someone offers to help.
Support System: These organizations have done a great job supporting Mental Health in the Black Community.
- BEAM (Black Emotional And Mental Health):
Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing. We do this through education, training, advocacy and the creative arts.
- Black Men Heal:
To provide access to mental health treatment, psycho-education, and community resources to men of color.
- Black Mental Wellness:
The mission of Black Mental Wellness, Corp. is to provide access to evidence-based information and resources about mental health and behavioral health topics from a Black perspective, to highlight and increase the diversity of mental health professionals, and to decrease the mental health stigma in the Black community