Today is World Mental Health Day. Wow. Are you old enough to remember when we couldn’t even mention such nastiness? Now we are able to discuss it more freely worldwide although it still remains greatly stigmatized in the African American community in general (I’m sure there are others as well).
We often see people denying anything is wrong with family members and making excuses. Without acknowledging that there is an issue we can’t get help for people who need it. They types of mental conditions seems to be increasing with autism and dementia on the rise. There are so many types of mental illness/conditions that it hardly seems fair to lump them all together. I had depression for a while and I don’t care to be lumped in with a sociopath or serial killer but progress is progress. Perhaps with this acknowledgement we might find more solutions to bring about mental health for everyone.
For today I have decided to dredge up a rather painful time in my life just to show how much better things can get. This video is me talking about all (3) of my domestic violence relationships. At one point I tried to kill myself because I was so depressed and I felt so trapped. It is a myth that Black women don’t get beat up by men. I got a huge amount of feedback from African American women in abusive relationships after originally posting this video. I am glad to be back in the game of life and I plan to stay here. I wish you all great Mental Health today and always.
Happy World Mental Health Day!
National Domestic Violence Hotline #: 1−800−799−SAFE(7233)