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James Donaldson on Mental Health – App Connects Black Men With Mental Health Services

“Once we become aware of our own suffering, and we’ve suffered, then we can see that so many others are suffering, and we’re empowered to do something about it”

James Donaldson notes:

Welcome to the “next chapter” of my life… being a voice and an advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention, especially pertaining to our younger generation of students and student-athletes.

Getting men to speak up and reach out for help and assistance is one of my passions. Us men need to not suffer in silence or drown our sorrows in alcohol, hang out at bars and strip joints, or get involved with drug use.

Having gone through a recent bout of depression and suicidal thoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space.  http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle  

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A D.C. startup has developed an app that aims to bring therapy to black men who might otherwise avoid getting help.

Kevin Dedner struggled with depression for two years. After putting off getting help, he finally reached out.

Dedner visited three therapists, but he felt that none of them understood the stress and emotions unique to black men.

Dedner started the app Henry Health as a way for males in the black community to get access to mental health care.

Black Leaders Call for Increased Mental Health Services

Black Leaders Call for Increased Mental Health Services

Mental illness too often goes ignored in African-American communities, leaders said at a Congressional Black Caucus session in D.C. on Thursday. “Our children are suffering, and they are literally just dying while walking and living through all the pain they’re going through.

“Once we become aware of our own suffering, and we’ve suffered, then we can see that so many others are suffering, and we’re empowered to do something about it,” he said.

Henry Health provides self-care tips and connects men with culturally responsive therapists. Patients have said they feel more comfortable when they talk to someone who looks like them.

Factors that can result in mental illness are found in higher numbers in the black community, according to Henry Health.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

One comment on “James Donaldson on Mental Health – App Connects Black Men With Mental Health Services

  1. Great article thanks for your sharing and commitment to speaking truth to self empowerment.

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