From generations before, people in the African American community did not discuss mental health and issues that came along with it. A lot of it was because it was not understood. On the other hand, the African American Community didn’t want to talk about it. Having a mental health illness was considered a curse. Instead of dealing with the issues, people elected to sweep it under the rug, ignore it, or just not deal with it at all. In the past, it was the lack of awareness, ignoring the problem, dealing with the issues the best way they knew how or not dealing with them at all. Mostly the mental health issues were dealt with without any professional guidance. Mental Health is an issue that affects all people and all races. It does not matter the color of the skin or your financial status. It does not discriminate. It hits people in every walk of life. There are many conditions when it comes to mental health diagnoses. People in the African American community need to be made aware as well as educated. Mental Health issues are steadily rising. The goal is to give information on the differences of mental health. It is an illness and there are various types associated with this condition. There is not only one type of problem and there is not only one cure. Even though African Americans have now become more open about discussing mental health issues, there still needs to be a change. There a different options available to people in the community to get help when it comes to their mental health.
Year Manuscript Completed
Senior Project Advisor
G. Michael Barton
Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree
Field of Study
Health Care Administration
parker, nora, "Mental Health in the African American Community" (2022). Integrated Studies. 406.