What if I told you that Black women AND men are the lowest on the totem pole when it comes to properly caring for ourselves and giving our bodies and minds the forgiveness that it deserves?
Based on a study article done by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population. They state that the common mental health disorders that our Black community suffers from is:
- Major Depression
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Suicide, which is common among Black men
- Posttraumatic Stress DIsorder (PTSD)
Over the next couple of weeks, we'll explore the multi dimensional layers that make up self-care and what it truly embodies. From understanding the root of disturbance, to beginning the heal process, we'll be talking about that all here on the OTS Chronicles.
The conversation surround mental health when it comes to Black women is slowly coming around, but it's still taboo. Especially in minority communities that are impoverished and don't necessarily have access to mental health care like middle-class Black Americans would.
We want this to cultivate community, and also be something that you can all learn from and educate yourselves on. This series will be filled with key takeaways and strategies to make sure that you're properly identifying, healing, and most importantly, practicing patience and exercising your mental health wellness.
Stay tuned and get ready to dive in to starting to live your truth and create a deeper relationship with yourself.