The Importance of Black Mental Health

Happy Black History Month everyone! It's been a while since I wrote a blog but now that I am done with event planning I can put my time into this platform which I love. Mental health is important for everyone however, I titled this "Black Mental Health" because in our community we lack understanding and there are many stigmas that need to be broken.


This topic of mental health has been heavy in my heart for a while now. There is a stigma in our community that "mental health" is a weak state of mind when that is not the case. Many people resort to drugs and self-medication to deal with their issues instead of seeking professional health and getting better. Isolation is also a big thing, many people prefer to be in their own bubble and they try to solve their own problems on their own because they feel like no one will be there to help them with their issues, and if you are someone who feels this way, let me tell you that is not true at all.


Speaking from experience, I am very much guilty of practicing isolation when facing issues in the past. In 2019, God humbled me; I was in a very terrible financial situation and I was also unemployed. At that time, I was living in a one-bedroom apartment by myself and I was struggling to pay my bills every single month. Can you imagine the amount of pressure I was dealing with by myself? Rent, car note, insurance, light bill, gas, all of that was driving me crazy because the bills never stopped coming. Listen, I had no other option but to ASK FOR HELP. I've always been prideful and private. I don't normally share my issues with the world but at that moment, I had to reach out and ask for help. That's when I realized that I am a strong black woman.

"HELP"

Let's normalize asking for help. It is not healthy to keep things to ourselves and isolate when we are going through something. If you truly feel like no one around you can help you, please seek professional help and I promise someone will be more than glad to help you. You are not alone in this world, and asking for help does not make you weak. If we are unable to remove the negative stigma surrounding mental health in the black community, we are willingly allowing another generation to grow up without access to counseling and mental health improvement resources that can help them live a happy, healthy life


I am using my voice and platform to help others dealing with mental health issues.


Resources:


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

800-273-8255


The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD

24 Hour Crisis Line 713-970-7000

Crisis Intervention Hotline of Houston

Operates free, confidential, anonymous crisis and suicide prevention counseling, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 832-416-1177 TEEN: 832-416-1199 (CALL) TEEN: 281-201-4430 (TEXT)

Fort Bend Women’s Center Crisis Hotline

281-342-HELP (4357)

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