Talking to one of my Mental Health Colleagues this weekend we had a conversation about mental health as whole in the black community. One the topics we talked about was how growing up we would always have that one friend with a crazy uncle, aunt, cousin etc. And how we were always just told to either stay away from them or, I quote “That’s just the Devil” or “They Gotta Pray That Demon Up out of them” or “That’s A Spirit You Gotta Rebuke That Thang Gone”. I’m sure you’ve heard at least one of these and maybe even some I haven’t heard. So here are my questions tonight:
I read an article on how African American Women Feel About Postpartum Depression And The Lack of Support. Do You Feel This Is True? I'd Like to here your opinion.
Lack of Support
When asked about their support networks, many of the women described their support
networks as non-existent, small or dysfunctional.
Examples by the women were:
“My therapist is my support network”.
“I go to counseling, go to counseling. I was going and that’s all the support and I talk to
my baby’s father (in jail) and that’s about it.”
“I have very few friends.”
Many of the women mentioned during the group that they have difficulty trusting and prefer to
be on their own because there is too much “drama” when they let people in. The women also
expressed that family support is conditional and there is fear of judgment. #shadesofblue
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