Why do you think we, as a community, push mental illness down?
I feel that this is mostly a stigma within the community because we are taught to think differently about general health. However, there’s also systemic issues about our own health care because it took us a long time to get to this point.
Remember when Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) thanked his therapist during the 2010 NBA Finals?
Some people actually had a problem with him doing this because it’s a sign of weakness… or it’s something that “White people” do.
There’s also other stigmas attached to it, the biggest being that people confuse “mental health” with “spiritual health”… especially poor people.
Education doesn’t include mental health. Self-care sounds like something “minor” when we do self-care all the time, just not full aware that it’s called “self-care”. In recent years, it’s gotten better, thanks to Black people stepping forward, like Metta World Peace. But I think we need to break it down so folks in general can understand it better.
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