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BLACK MENTAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS
Domestic Violence Awareness
Domestic Violence has taken a tole on the Black community for generations. As a result of the abuse the survivors usually end up with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and other mental illnesses/diseases. But the ones we fail to realize are also affected by this trauma are the children involved. Studies have shown that those who have been a witness to such violence have a higher chance of having mental illnesses and behavioral problems. These children can have anxiety, learning disabilities, and can even have a hard time sleeping. Overlooked too often by the parents, these behaviors and mental issues become unstable and more difficult to heal as an adult. Through the past decades the black community is becoming more aware about the importance of mental health and it all starts with how we approach and handle childhood trauma.
Have you noticed this trend in your family or inner circle? Step up, speak out, and be the voice of reason to help prevent long term affects of domestic violence.
Domestic Violence Hotline
News For YOU
Due to not having the access to proper healthcare and the absence of urgency to get our breast exams as needed, black women have one of the highest breast cancer mortality rates. But guess who else is up there? ALL MEN. Although the men only account for a small percentage of breast cancer diagnosis they are more likely to succumb to its difficulties and die due to delay in seeking medical attention. Clinics and hospitals barely have regulations for self and breast exams. Men are also more likely to be diagnosed in a later stage with more advanced complications. How often have you heard of a man being told to do a self-exam or get a breast exam? Ladies and Gentlemen, please stop thinking it wouldn’t happen to you because it can!
Women starting as early as age 40 should get yearly exams.
All men with BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 should get a yearly exam starting at age 35.
BUT WE ALL NEED TO DO SELF-EXAMS OFTEN!
Stay Well, Family!
Domestic Violence and Breast Cancer Awareness Month
APA's Apology to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color
On January 18, 2021, the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the oldest national physician association in the country, is taking an important step in addressing racism in psychiatry. The APA is beginning the process of making amends for both the direct and indirect acts of racism in psychiatry. The APA Board of Trustees (BOT) apologizes to its members, patients, their families, and the public for enabling discriminatory and prejudicial actions within the APA and racist practices in psychiatric treatment for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). The APA is committed to identifying, understanding, and rectifying our past injustices, as well as developing anti-racist policies that promote equity in mental health for all.