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#JamesDonaldson on #MentalHealth – “We’re Looked at as Superhuman”: How #Racism Affects #Black Women’s #MentalHealth

#AfricanAmericans are as likely to experience #mentalillness as other #Americans but more likely to get poor or no treatment. #Black #women are often left out of research studies and hesitant to obtain #mentalhealthcare. There are many reasons for that, including #racism, #mentalhealthstigma, and the history of providers using information against them. They may also have difficulty finding therapists who are #Black or culturally competent. “The ‘strong #black #woman concept’ (implies that) we’re able to handle all things and so sometimes clinicians—who may not be culturally competent—may also [believe that stereotype],” said Mia Moore Kirby, an assistant professor in social work and the #CenterforAfricanAmericanStudies at the University of Texas at Arlington. “That’s not validating a person’s experience, not empathizing with what’s going on, and maybe minimizing their symptoms.” Some organizations and programs across the U.S., such as those described in this article, are working to destigmatize therapy and make culturally competent care more accessible to #Black #women.

#JamesDonaldson notes:

Welcome to the “next chapter” of my life… being a voice and an advocate for #mentalhealthawarenessandsuicideprevention, 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 #suicidalthoughts 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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