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Why it’s important to have black representation in mental health

When I was younger, I thought mental health and therapy were primarily for two types of people: crazy folks who were either already checked in, or needed to be checked in to the local mental institution; or people who were dealing with extreme issues and thoughts like suicide and self-harm. It probably didn’t help that I grew up in a conservative culture where mental health was largely ignored. The church and religion was (and still is) seen as the all-encompassing solution, where Jesus is the cure to anything and everything. Self-image issues? Pray about it. Trauma? Pray about it. Depression? Pray about it. Overwhelmed? Pray about it. But, the problem is that no one talks about what to do when prayer isn’t enough. This, compounded with the stigma surrounding mental health, made seeking help something of a taboo. Most people (that I knew anyways) wouldn’t even entertain the idea of…