Black men lack the resources and support that is needed for them as it pertains to mental health. It is rare that a Black man reaches out for help because of the fear of being shamed and how they will be viewed; this is why they may suffer in silence. The war that they battle within their minds only adds to the daily struggles that they face while being Black and having mental health concerns.
Black men have been known to bottle up their issues. Most of the time it is because they don’t have a safe or trusting place to release their pain, hurt or trauma. They often bring up their needs when it is too late.
One of the biggest struggles that Black men face is finding a Black male therapist. For decades Black men, young and old, have faced the stigma of being called crazy if they go to see a therapist or if they take any medication that has been prescribed by a therapist. If and when they do go to see a therapist, they often don’t tell anyone because of the fear that they will be judged. They lack the knowledge of how and what a therapist can assist them with when it comes to their mental health.
The few that do finally make the choice to see a therapist face other roadblocks, such as finding a provider who accepts their insurance. Many Black men do not have or even qualify for health insurance. They may then face the challenge of not having the money to pay a mental health provider for the many recommended sessions that they would have to attend in order to see any healthy outcome from going to therapy.
The majority of Black men who receive mental health treatment are either misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all. They are viewed as rough, tough and hard to deal with instead of being embraced for their differences or being accepted by society and the Black community when they announce their mental health status.
Black men suppress their pain, hurt, anger and grief because they don’t want to feel less than what society has already prejudged them to be. The oppression and depression of Black men are at an all-time high, and they are in a huge crisis.
Contact Renita Adira, Life Coach and CEO of Opulent Coaching and Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-867-0958.