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Why is suicide on the rise? Stigma surrounding mental illness, misdiagnosis, and a lack of understanding are three potential factors to explore

Suicide rates in the US have increased in nearly every state from the year 1999 to 2016; additionally, suicide rates have increased by over 30% in at least 25 states. While we aren’t sure why suicide is on the rise (due to lack of research), there are a few significant…

Addiction is a disease, as well as a societal and medical issue that needs addressing. Here’s how you can stimulate healthy conversations about it

Addiction is, in fact, a disease of the brain, but many continue to insist that it is not—and doing so only causes sufferers further harm. This stigma surrounding addiction discourages those who suffer with the disease from opening up about their struggles and getting the help that they need. To…

Common Counseling Challenges for African-Americans

Stigmas surrounding mental health exist in all groups and societies, but are particularly prevalent in the African-American community—making the concept of therapy or counseling a foreign one, at best. Some individuals simply don’t understand the practice, while others frown down upon it… leaving those in the community who struggle with…

Therapists and Counselors: Here’s How You Can Best Help Your Black Clientele

Therapy is an incredibly rewarding process—but it doesn’t come without its challenges. Especially for a certain group of individuals: Black men and women. Keisha Wells, licensed professional counselor, explains that in a traditional sense, counseling is a “foreign” concept and viewed as a “last resort” in the Black community; however,…

Yes, There’s a Stigma with Counseling in the African-American Community

On average, White Americans are two times more likely to go to counseling than their African American counterparts. This disparity isn’t only because African Americans believe mental health services are expensive or costly, either. There is a stigma associated with going to therapy in the black community. People view you…