So I thought we could talk about a more serious subject. Mental health, especially with the two most recent losses Kate Spade & Anthony Bourdain. Mental health is not something we talk about in the black community a lot, and I think we should because it is honestly a matter of life or death sometimes.
Yesterday, a few of my family members and myself were having a conversation about Kayne (who is canceled) and him being bi-polar. One of my family members said she didn’t believe being bi-polar was real, and it was just another way to call someone crazy. It was funny at the time, but that’s how a lot of black people think. We don’t go to psychiatrists, we don’t take medicine to help with the issues. We hide the problems and pretend like everything is perfectly fine because we feel like we are going to be judges. In the black community, it is seen as embarrassing, but it’s not. TALK ABOUT YOUR ISSUES PEOPLE!!!
Black families keep everything “private,” and we should be the generation not to let that bullshit continue. Black people hide family members molesting kids under wraps (which messes up the kid), they keep mental issues under wraps, women in an abusive relationship under wraps. I think it’s time to come out and put everything on the table. We have to admit we drop the ball on this one. So many times I have read articles where family member knew about some shit but didn’t say a damn thang.
One of the most important things we can have is self-awareness. To make sure YOU are okay. Yes, depression is real, and honestly, last year when I lost my job, I went through it, overthinking shit trying figure out how I was gone pay bills, take care of my daughter, and take care of myself. That shit got overwhelming, and it took me to a VERY dark period. At the time I didn’t tell anyone because I felt like they were going to judge the shit out of me. Except my older cousin she’s probably my biggest support system and can talk to her about ANYTHING, but I saw someone about it. When I say you talking to someone helps IT DOES, it was probably one of the best decisions I decided to do, and honestly, I don’t think I would be here if I didn’t choose to see someone because my thoughts had gotten that dark.
There are ways to prevent ending your life. I recently read an article that said the rates of suicide are INCREASING. Why? This is an America thing we don’t give people many options to help with mental issues. Why do you ask? Because our money is going into other shit that is a waste of money. As the President continues to fuck shit up, America is just trying to make it day by day.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recently released numbers showing suicide rates increased in 49 states since 1999 by more than 30% and in 2016 just two years ago 45,000 people died from suicide. Suicide can be prevented, the person with the biggest smile on their face can be suicidal, and unfortunately, we don’t know the signs and unfortunately the funding to prevent this from happening.
Back to the matter at hand mental health is IMPORTANT.
It’s not embarrassing, it’s not fake, it’s not something made up by the government. I’ve experienced it, and I have overcome that challenge, and I am thankful every day that I did. I did it because I had to think about more than just Phe. I had to think about my daughter, and where it would put her mentally shit, she needs me more than I know it.
People please if you are dealing with things GET HELP!!!
If you need it call the suicide prevention hotline 800-273-8255.
See you guys later!