Mental Health Matters: Breaking The Stigma of Mental Health Within The Black Community

Mental Health Matters: Breaking The Stigma of Mental Health Within The Black Community

CHARLOTTE, NC- In honor of Black History Month, I’m shining a spotlight on Black excellence right here in the Queen City! I also believe that when you shine a light, sometimes you find things that you’d like to change….

People often say, you cannot heal what you don’t reveal and that’s why it’s so important to have a conversation on a serious problem within the Black community… that’s mental health. 

Therapist Samantha Reinier with Isaiah Counseling and Wellness says, “We need to address it and with mental health, if you’re not doing that, how can you put your best foot forward?”

It’s vital as a community to continue healing but sometimes it can be looked down on to actually admit that you have a problem. 

Reinier says, “We’re portrayed as strong and we’re supposed to be very resilient and that means we don’t deal with that because that’s a sign of weakness or that we’re not strong but that’s not the case. With mental health, reaching out for assistance, makes us stronger! It shows that we are aware that something isn’t right with us right now and that we need to take care of it.” 

According to the National Alliance On Mental Health, only a third of African- Americans who need mental health services actually receive it. 

Therapist Tameka Whittlesey at Charlotte Women’s Counseling says they’re working  diligently to provide services to those who are experiencing mental health crises, but do not have the resources to afford therapy. She says, “There are people in our lives that are here to provide that bridge to that place where you need to go to. We will always be here for those who need us.”

Whittlesey says the effects from generational trauma are real and we cannot simply wish or pray them away. She’s says it’s time to replace those negative stigmas on mental health to create a legacy of promise and prosperity. 

“We are worthy and deserving of having those resources and we have communities and individuals who are either of Color or who are strongly dedicated to providing help to you and who are looking through a multicultural lens to provide those services for us. It’s so important that we tap into those resources and really get what we truly deserve and need. Especially us, because we have so much generational trauma that needs to be dealt with so much. We are only doing our community a disservice by just simply excluding therapy.”, says Whittlesey. 

Isaiah Counseling and Wellness and Charlotte Women’s Counseling are both accepting new clients and have they promotions available through the month of March. 

Here’s to wholeness!