Just like our bodies, our minds can also get sick – and it can be just as life altering as a physical condition.
Mental illness is nothing to be taken lightly, especially in the African-American community where it’s so often looked over. It’s the job of everyone to be an advocate for mental health, since it affects us all and there are many who cannot advocate for themselves. Whether you suffer from mental health issues or not, it’s important to watch out for signs and symptoms of common diseases.
According to the Health and Human Services office of Minority Health, African-Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health issues than our counterparts. The most common mental health condition amongst African-Americans are depression, Attention Deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Fortunately, there are many Black mental health bloggers doing the work online that many clinicians do in the community.
These are the 5 mental health blogs you need to check out:
1. Therapy for Black Girls - Founded by licensed psychologist Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, based in Atlanta, GA. The site serves as an online safe haven for Black girls and women to receive help regarding mental health. With this blog, Black women will no longer have to feel weary about seeking help via therapy.
2. Healing Melanins - Healing Melanins is bringing more awareness to the Black community about mental health. The platform has a social media following of over 20k, and are more than just a blog. Healing Melanins organize giveaways, provide internships and even has a shop where you can buy t-shirts, phone cases, and coffee mugs that promote mental health awareness.
3. Redefine Enough – Founded by licensed therapist Davia Roberts, Redefine Enough is a platform for women who are looking for mental health resources. Redefine Enough also has a podcast in addition to a blog, which covers topics such as self-care and secondary trauma.
4. Depressed While Black – Depressed While Black is a blog that helps those in the African-American community with mental health issues, particularly depression. This blog is shattering the stigma behind seeking help for your depression with events, posts, books and videos. Depressed While Black founder Imade Nibokun has also been featured in The Huffington Post, Refinery 29, Madame Noire and more.
5. The Focus on You – The Focus on you is a motivational and self-care blog founded by Latina therapist Stefanie Flores. In addition to a plethora of informational mental health posts, The Focus on You also features product reviews, affirmations and information on self-acceptance.
Mental health doesn’t look the same for everyone and each person will have their own struggles. It’s crucial to realize that having a problem doesn’t make you weak, and it’s okay to seek help. If you or someone you know may be suffering from a mental illness there are plenty of resources that offer free assistance.
What are some of your favorite resources for information on mental health?