To Be Black and Mentally Ill.

How being strong, black, and proud is not a treatment for mental illness.

I am a sufferer of depression, anxiety, and compulsive eating. I have no shame in admitting that to anyone anymore because I know that I am not alone. I also want you and all the members of the black community and other people of color to know something very important. I want you all to know that you are still beautiful, strong, resilient, and that you are not alone, or will you ever be. Yet, there is something else I want you all to know.

The Misconception about Mental Illness Within Us.
I want you to know that being black doesn’t make us immune to mental illness. It’s not just a “white girl/woman problem”. It’s not just a problem for those who can afford treatment. It’s not just something imagined. It’s not an excuse. It’s not a symptom that lasts a day or two. It’s more than sadness. It’s not being a spoiled brat. It’s way bigger than being strong, black, and proud may cover. It’s great to be strong, black, and proud! So, don’t lose that. However, being strong, black, and proud is not a treatment for mental illness. I can understand how we have come to those conclusions that we don’t get depressed or need treatment. Those are the same conclusions that shame and inhibit getting help.

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