Mental Health in the Black Community…

  Mental Health in the Black Community… For many years I have heard people in the Black community pass judgment on others by using terms like, “crazy” or “touched”, to identify those that may suffer from mental illness.  This history of ignorance has created a huge stigma in our community.  The fact is, many Blacks do not believe or acknowledge mental illness as true medical condition. When it comes to problems? Just pray.  Well that is one way to look at how God works, but another way to look at it is through the Spanish proverb, “Pray to God, but … Continue reading Mental Health in the Black Community…

Overview of Mental Illness

What is a mental illness?  A mental illness has been defined as “a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning (NAMI).”  Just like heart disease or diabetes, a mental illness is a medical condition.  I repeat a “medical condition.”  Usually with mental illness the person suffering can see a change, if not, total interference in their ability to handle their everyday life.  Mental illness does not discriminate by age, race, religion or income.  Therefore, it is important to remember that having a mental illness does not make you weak or … Continue reading Overview of Mental Illness

Mental Illness Awareness Week Oct 7-13, 2012

  When I first got out of graduate school I felt like I knew exactly what I wanted to do;  I was going to give everyone all the knowledge I had acquired in the hope that this would help heal their pain.  Sounds good right, but try to translate that into an actual job.  Well I did, I became a therapist and worked as a mental health family support specialist.  I got the opportunity to work with the families of people suffering from a mental illness and provide an educational 12-week series on mental illness.  Now years later, I still … Continue reading Mental Illness Awareness Week Oct 7-13, 2012