Black Mental Health: why we can't wait
At OURSELVESBLACK.COM, we appreciate the strengths and culture of the Black community while also acknowledging its unique stressors and challenges.
Untreated or under-treated mental illness can be limiting, disabling and even life threatening. Furthermore, existing racial disparities in economic, legal, and educational spheres leave little room for error: without mental health, progress is fragile, and hurdles can become impassable obstacles.
Our traditional reluctance to discuss mental health and illness, while understandable when placed in historical and societal contexts, comes with much too high a cost.
Our goal? That through the promotion and attainment of true mental health we are able to be ourselves, positioned to realize our potential, and collectively, that of our communities.
Here you will find info. about mental health promotion and positive coping as well as resources related to mental illness and treatment. We strive to provide you with relevant, current, and engaging black mental health content.
mental health is
'a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.'
- The World Health Organization
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