The issue of depression among young Black men is a rarely discussed topic of conversation.
At a symposium held at the University of Chicago School of Social Service in February, social scientist Waldo Johnson Jr. said, “Black boys are more depressed because they believe their physical safety is always being threatened. Their families are economically poorer than Whites and many Black families live below the poverty line.”
Johnson is an associate professor and leading voice in the field of social work.
Although some, in more conservative circles may believe that young Black males are merely lashing out due to their own self-imposed [...]
Historically, the treatment of people with mental illness can be described as nothing less than horrific. From burning people at the stake in the medieval ages because they were “products of the devil” to mass sterilization and mass murder initiated by the eugenics movement in Nazi Germany, people with mental illness have been demonised throughout. Even terms associated with mental illness have negative connotations associated with them today. Take the word ‘asylum’ for instance. By definition it is a place offering safety of shelter or an institution for the care of people, yet the word often conjures imagery of straight jackets, incoherent, nonsensical and dangerous [...]
When Dior Vargas was growing up, she dealt with major depressive disorder. And while she has gotten treatment for depression throughout her life, when she hears about it in the media, the people dealing with mental illness never look like her.
“I always felt like I was the only one, and like I didn’t have anyone to turn to and talk to,” said Vargas, MS, a New York City resident who describes herself as a Latina feminist mental health activist. “I felt like I was alone. When people talk about mental illness, when it’s discussed or shown through the media, they never really show people of color. That’s…why I [...]