We're addressing the topic of African American males and Mental Health conditions. This is a topic that for many years most people have tiptoed around... especially our community. Sadly, while we've been choosing to ignore the "elephant in the room", precious lives have been sacrificed. I have personal experience...
BREAKING the SILENCE and ERADICATING the stigma surrounding mental health issues faced by the African American male.
African Americans are 20% more likely to have serious psychological distress than whites.
Among men aged 18-44 who had daily feelings of anxiety, non-Hispanic Black and Hispanic men (26.4 percent) were less likely than non-Hispanic White men (45.4 percent) to have used mental health treatments.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for African American males age 15-24.
African American men ages 20-24 have the highest suicide rate among African Americans of all ages, male and female.
African American teenagers are more likely to attempt suicide than White teenagers.
Young African Americans are much less likely than White youth to have used a mental health service in the year during which they seriously thought about or attempted suicide.
Identify unusual behaviors.
Don't deny what you're seeing.
Act quickly to seek treatment.