Mental Health Is No Joke, So BLACK ENTERPRISE Crafted A Go-To Guide For Resources

Originally Published Sept. 6, 2020

Mental health has long carried a stigma in the Black community that has prevented many from seeking medical treatment.

According to a 2021 report by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide was ranked as the eleventh-leading cause of death in the United States with close to 50,000 deaths recorded in that year alone.

May is Mental Health Awareness month and BLACK ENTERPRISE is raising awareness for our community. Black Americans are more likely to experience trauma from racial encounters more than other ethnic groups. It is time to fight against the stigma by creating more safe spaces for those suffering to share their experiences. In light of the recent string of Black deaths by the hands of police officers—which have sparked nationwide protests in the midst of a deadly pandemic—it is imperative now more and than ever to take care of your mental health needs.

If you or anyone you know is suffering from mental health-related issues, please contact one of the organizations below for more guidance on how to seek out treatment.

Mental Health Screening Tool                                    

NAMI National

Mental Health America

Center for Black Women Wellness

Therapy for Black Girls Provider Directory

Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)

National Institute of Mental Health                                                                                           

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

Black Girls Smile

Black Mental Health Alliance

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