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It’s Mental Health Awareness Month, How Does This Affect Black Women


A stigma often discussed within the Black community is that we don’t go to therapy or get any help when it comes to mental health issues. Over the past few years, more health experts and the Black community have begun to spread more awareness as to why it's important for us to take care of our mental health.  It is being discussed more in schools, workplaces and even in households.


For Black women there is a certain stigma that follows us around that says that we have to be “strong” and have the ability to fix everyone’s problems (including emotional/mental) before we worry about ours. LeConté Dill, an associate professor in the Department of African American Studies at Michigan State University says that it is important to consider how we foster wellness collectively and think about being accountable to each other and to community-building.


She says that there are eight dimensions of wellness — emotional, spiritual, physical, financial, social, intellectual, environmental and vocational — and those give us a more holistic frame. It is emphasized that it is important that health experts try to understand how the Black community approaches mental health in all perspectives. I think it is especially important that there are more resources that Black Women can reach out to when they need someone to talk to.


Writer:@rayvensierraa--Source:Michigan State University--📸:ABC Photo Illustration, Catlin-Marie Miner ONG, Keshondra Shipp--Follow more at #BlackGirlNews @itsblackgirlnews

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