Working on new blog concerning depression. (rawsport.worpress.com) Its a site that will launch my career of ‘Informational Speaking.’ Its geared toward black men who by in large do not discuss mental illness. After suffering from depression for over twenty years I know the pain behind silence. The stigma against mental illness was such, I was unfamiliar with the word depression until 2003.
92% of depressed African-American males do not seek treatment. African American males’ suspicion of the mental health institution stems from years past. Black men do not to trust the people they feel are the cause of their emotional pain. Less then 2% of psychologists are African American, black men may feel others will understand their life’s situations. These barriers must fall.
Black men who have successfully been treated for depression must come forward. Only by speaking will superstitions be lifted. Revelations must come from black women also who see the painful silence of men. The silence often explodes onto the community in the form of violence. Adolescent black males are routinely told “Men do not cry,” with no outlets to discuss feelings, they act them out.
Its OK to release feelings of despair, loneliness, feeling hopeless. Discussing inner feelings begin the healing process. To clergymen in the black communities, depression can not be “Prayed Away.” We seek medical attention for broken arms, legs and even hearts. Mental illness is real its not “Feeling Blue,” you can get treated Everyone experience minor depressive episodes. But some experience debilitating recurring depressive episodes which may require treatment from health profession. Send the brother for treatment, help him save his life.
I saved my life with treatment.
The blog site of Informational speaker Robert Williams