8 Things I Wish Someone Told Me About Mental Health As A Black Woman

1. Sometimes, the label of being a “strong black woman” hurts more than it helps.

2. You have to get past the stigma associated with mental health in the black community.

3. Depression, anxiety, and suicidal tendencies aren’t “white” maladies.

4. Bottling things up leads to bad coping mechanisms, so it’s important to get the help you need.

5. Accepting where you are mentally can be liberating.

6. Seeking help isn’t always straightforward, and might be pretty frustrating at times, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying.

7. You shouldn’t allow people to belittle or dismiss what you are experiencing.

8. Effective treatments will most likely involve a combination of things.



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