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7 Day Cleanse

7 Day Cleanse

So completed a 7 day cleanse! It wasn’t the first cleanse I started but it was the first one I’ve finished. This cleanse consisted of only eating fruits, vegetables, and drinking water or 100% fruit juice.     At first I was like NO CARBS?!?, […]

DIY Protein Hair Mask

DIY Protein Hair Mask

So I was doing some research online about protein treatments after seeing many posts about protein treatments online. Naturally I decide my hair needed a protein treatment right away lol. Plus I was rocking a 7 day old wash and go, so it was a […]

What’s Your End Game?

What’s Your End Game?

We are on social media trying to live our best lives, accomplishing goals, sharing and connecting. I see countless posts about growing and journeying, but what is your end goal? Have you stopped to think about and visualize what you are actually growing towards? Everyone […]

Walk It Like I Talk It

Walk It Like I Talk It

So one day, I was on the way to work listening to my new Fav by Migos, “Walk it like I talk it”. As I usually do I started analyzing the words and lyrics and then I started to think about how everyone should “walk […]

How To: Stay Consistent W/ Creating Content & Love On Yourself

How To: Stay Consistent W/ Creating Content & Love On Yourself

Creating quality content on a consistent basis can be DIFFICULT, and stressful, and time consuming! I know I’m not alone with this one either, right?! I mean I always have good intentions but even on my best days sometimes I have trouble getting it all […]

DIY Coffee Face Mask

DIY Coffee Face Mask

This coffee mask is simple and easy to make, but it is not short on benefits for your skin! You will only need 3 ingredients! 1. Coffee Grounds (1/4 cup) 2. Warm Milk (3 tablespoons) 3. Honey (1 tablespoon) Mix all ingredients well and apply it […]

Nailah’s Shea: My New Skin Care Obsession

Nailah’s Shea: My New Skin Care Obsession

So let me tell y’all a quick story about how I was introduced to the great products crafted by Nailah’s Shea. My mother kept talking about a shea butter she tried and insisted that I had to try it. When she came to visit she […]

New Year, New Me?

New Year, New Me?

Every year at the beginning of the new year so many individuals are saying “new year, new me” I’m sure you have already witnessed some of these as statuses and captions on social media. People say this all the time but what does it mean? […]

Christmas 2017: Quick, Easy, & Budget Friendly Decor Options

Christmas 2017: Quick, Easy, & Budget Friendly Decor Options

I am hosting Christmas at my home for the 1st time this year! I have hosted Thanksgiving once before a few years ago but never Christmas. This year I decided to try my hand at decorating and planning in order to entertain and celebrate with […]

Preserving Your Sanity During the Holidays..Yes, It’s Possible!

Preserving Your Sanity During the Holidays..Yes, It’s Possible!

Click the link below to check out the full article on Blavity.com. Preserving Your Sanity During the Holidays..Yes, It’s Possible!


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Mental Health & the Common Barriers and Misconceptions

Mental Health & the Common Barriers and Misconceptions

In many communities of color, the stigma around mental health is REAL. How many types have you heard phrases like “therapy is for crazy people, and I’m not crazy”, “therapy is not for people of color” or my personal favorite “I don’t need therapy, I just need to pray/go to church”. Going to church and having faith are wonderful practices that can enrich your life and foster positivity and hope, but sorry to break it to you but it won’t treat clinical depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, or any other mental health disorder. It is NOT just for Caucasian people. With all the socioeconomic issues, financial stressors, family dynamics, oppression, exposure to violence, and discrimination, etc. that we experience as a people of color, therapy needs to be a topic is discussed more often in our communities. Based on statistics from the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population. However, according to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) compared to 40% of Caucasians, only ¼ of African Americans seek mental health treatment. Everyone can benefit from developing adaptive coping skills, or discussing sensitive or painful topics in an unbiased and judgment free zone; not just “crazy folks”.

Many individuals in general, including people of color believe that seeking help or treatment for a mental health issue means that you are weak. A client of mine told me that she was informed by a close friend that black women don’t get postpartum depression, and then told her that she was exaggerating. Can you imagine feeling hopeless, overwhelmed, and confused, sharing your experience with a friend and then receiving a response like that? I can’t. It is an incredibly invalidating statement to make, and it’s also an ignorant statement. Women of color do indeed experience postpartum depression. It is just rarely discussed and rarely acknowledged. African American men also suffer from depression. Suicide rates among African Americans have been increasing; especially for African American boys and men.

The stigma around mental health can cause those within our community to feel invalidated and alone. It also causes many to suffer in silence. As, a professional clinical counselor, I have come in contact with all different types of people with varying disorders, issues, races, and experiences. My experience with both people of color and those of a lower socioeconomic status, that I have treated is that many are misinformed about the process of therapy, its benefits, common symptoms and treatments, and one of the biggest barriers is trust. A common theme amongst the people of color that I have treated is that they don’t want anyone to know that there are being treated. One of my client’s was afraid to ask her doctor for help or recommendations because her doctor knows many of her other friends and she didn’t want anyone to know that she was thinking about receiving mental health treatment. This woman trusts her doctor and her doctor knows everything else about her health; yet she still didn’t trust/feel comfortable enough to discuss the topic of mental health treatment with him.

Accessibility is a huge barrier for individuals seeking treatment. Treatment centers and facilities may not be in areas that are easily accessible by public transportation. Individuals may also not have the financial ability to pay for transportation. There are medical transportation companies that can take you to and from your appointments. The rides are paid for by billing your insurance company. Check online or call your insurance company to find out what companies service your area. Insurance coverage is another major barrier. Many people in this country don’t have private insurance or insurance at all and that can be a giant barrier when it comes to getting treatment. Thankfully many organizations and facilities accept Medicaid and Medicare insurance as well as private insurance. If you don’t have insurance, sliding scale fees are a thing! Many treatment facilities and organizations have self-pay options and sliding scale billing, where the amount you pay is based on your income.

As a mental health professional I strive to educate and work to reduce the stigma around mental health, especially in minority communities. Mental health doesn’t discriminate and it affects all people, all ages, and all races. We have to change how we view mental health, change our language in regards to how we describe those with mental health disorders, and we have to be more supportive to those in need of treatment.  For more information on mental health in general and where to find treatment check out :

www.APA.org 

www.NAMI.org

www.MentalHealthAmerica.net

Minorityhealth.hhs.gov.