12 Jul Minority Mental Health and Stigma
July is National Minority Mental Health Month, which is important because we live in a society where race still impacts many parts of people’s lives including mental health. This is especially true for people of color who sometimes face an extra layer of stigma when it comes to mental health issues and seeking help. For rapper, songwriter, and producer Jay-Z, this hits close to home. In the fall of 2017, he opened up about the mental health difficulties he has faced and his frustration with the challenges the black community encounters surrounding it saying “As you grow, you realize the ridiculousness of the stigma attached to it. It’s like, what? You just talk to someone about your problems.”
Experts in the field agree saying…
His remarks regarding the glaring need for normalization of mental health care in communities of color are spot-on, Richard S. Schottenfeld, M.D., chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Howard University College of Medicine.
Getting help for your mental health
Breaking the mental heatlh stigma begins with you. Those who seek help and open up about what they are facing are not only brave but also help to pave the way for others who have similar difficulties. Making the call is the first step in the right direction.
About Choices Psychotherapy
Choice is the foundation for a change. Choice speaks to the reality that there is not one right answer for all. At Choices Psychotherapy, we are committed to empowering clients and their families to identify options while assisting in creating a personal roadmap toward health and recovery.