African-Americans and Mental Health: What You Need to Know

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  • May is Mental Health Month!
  • What Is Mental Health?
  • What Makes Up Our Mental Health?
  • The Link Between Social Determinants and Mental Health
  • African-Americans and Mental Health
  • Stigma Around Seeking Help
  • Other Barriers to Care
  • Why Therapy Is OK
  • Ways to Improve Your Mental Health
  • Dealing With Stress

What Is Mental Health?

It’s important to point out that mental health and mental illness are not the same thing. Mental health is the ability to successfully cope with the stressors of our lives — kids, school, environment, work, etc. According to the CDC, mental illnesses are a collection of “diagnosable mental disorders” such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder.


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