BLACK MILLENNIAL MOVES MENTAL HEALTH

CALL TO ACTION

 Click on this link to complete the PHQ9 Depression Screener. After Completion, please total your score and find your point value on the below listed chart:  After you complete the assessment, create a self-care playlist aimed at targeting depression and share it to this post.
http://www.familyhealthcare.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/phq-9-FILLABLE.pdf
 

Total Score

Depression Severity

1-4

Minimal Depression

5-9

Mild Depression

10-14

Moderate Depression

15-19

Moderately Severe Depression

20-27

Severe Depression

 

THE WHY?

There is a stigma attached to mental illness in the black community. Many feel that talking to someone about the things that are going on with them is the same as telling “folks your business”. Others feel that they will be labeled as “crazy”. Depression can look like many things to include being consistently sad or in a down mood, reduced appetite or overeating, irritability, decreased energy, sleeping too much or too little and difficulty concentrating on tasks; and many black people suffer with untreated depression. Treatment for depression can save families, bring about a sense of peace or wholeness in an individual and most importantly, it can save lives. 

 

RESOURCES

Resources for Black Men: 
https://www.nimhd.nih.gov/programs/edu-training/byomm/toolkit.html
https://www.beam.community/tool-kits-education
https://therapyforblackmen.com
Resources for Black Women:
https://bwhi.org/
Https://TherapyForBlackGirls.com
Resources for Both:
Https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org
 https://www.nami.org/Your-Journey/Identity-and-Cultural-Dimensions/Black-African-American 
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us
Https://zocdoc.com

CALL TO ACTION

Click on the link below to complete the GAD-7 Anxiety screener. After completion, please total your score and find your point value on the below listed chart: After you complete the assessment, create a self-care playlist aimed at targeting anxiety and share it to this post. 

Total Score

Anxiety Severity

5-9

Mild anxiety

10-14

Moderate anxiety

15-21

Severe anxiety

 

THE WHY?

Did you know that African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population? Many do not understand what a mental health condition is and their lack of understanding leads many to believe that a mental health condition is a form of weakness or punishment. Many do not seek treatment because of the shame and stigma associated with mental health in the black community. Some common symptoms of anxiety can include hypervigilance, irritability, or restlessness. It can also include lack of concentration, racing thoughts, pounding heart, shortness of breath and sweating. 
 

RESOURCES

Resources for Black Men: 
https://www.nimhd.nih.gov/programs/edu-training/byomm/toolkit.html
https://www.beam.community/tool-kits-education
https://therapyforblackmen.com
Resources for Black Women:
https://bwhi.org/
Https://TherapyForBlackGirls.com
Resources for Both:
Https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org
 https://www.nami.org/Your-Journey/Identity-and-Cultural-Dimensions/Black-African-American 
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us
Https://zocdoc.com



CALL TO ACTION

Black Mental Health and Religion- Speak with a religious leader or someone of faith regarding their viewpoints about religion and mental health. Please report back to this post with what you have found. 
 

THE WHY?

Religion and mental health have been taboo for many black individuals’ because the belief is that “Jesus or my higher power can heal us”. It is important to realize that mental health conditions ARE medical conditions that are very common. Faith communities should not replace trained mental health services provider, but work to support them. It is okay to pray to Jesus or your higher power, and have a therapist too. 

RESOURCES

Resources for Black Men: 
https://www.nimhd.nih.gov/programs/edu-training/byomm/toolkit.html
https://www.beam.community/tool-kits-education
https://therapyforblackmen.com
Resources for Black Women:
https://bwhi.org/
Https://TherapyForBlackGirls.com
Resources for Both:
Https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org
 https://www.nami.org/Your-Journey/Identity-and-Cultural-Dimensions/Black-African-American 
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us
Https://zocdoc.com


CALL TO ACTION

Listed are several coping skills to help aid in high stress/anxiety provoking situations. Pick one or more coping skills to do today. Post a video or photo of you doing it. Tag a friend to encourage them to do the one too.
  1.     Make a playlist of songs that make you feel good or help you through tough times. 
  2. Say an affirmation in the mirror:
  •       I am beautiful. I am smart. I am confident that I will have  a good day. (My daughter’s say this one before school)
  •       I am enough.
  •       I have everything I need inside of me to succeed.
  •       I am releasing all negative energy from my body and absorbing all things positive. I am free of all stress and things that weigh me down.
  •       I am in control of my mind and body. My mind is calm. My body is calm and I am ready for a positive day.
  1. 30 minutes of exercise/Yoga 
  2. Pray and start a prayer journal or box
  3. Volunteer
  4. Call or visit a friend 
  5. Tap into your creative side: draw, paint, do a spoken word, or dance
  6. Drink Tai chi or a calming tea instead of your usual cup of coffee 
  7. Burn a candle and take a warm bath.  
  8. Make a list of things that are in your control
  9. Get a massage or pedicure 
  10. Do a DIY project 
  11. Tune into your senses: focus on what can you hear, smell, touch, or taste
  12. Unplug for a while and do something you enjoy. 
  13. Cook a meal
 

THE WHY?

Coping skills are strategies that help you reduce stress and more effectively handle difficult situations. Coping skills can also build resilience. Coping skills can be helpful in treating a host of things such as depression, frequent changes in mood, adjustment issues, anxiety and promoting self-care. 

RESOURCES

Resources for Black Men: 
https://www.nimhd.nih.gov/programs/edu-training/byomm/toolkit.html
https://www.beam.community/tool-kits-education
https://therapyforblackmen.com
Resources for Black Women:
https://bwhi.org/
Https://TherapyForBlackGirls.com
Resources for Both:
Https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org
 https://www.nami.org/Your-Journey/Identity-and-Cultural-Dimensions/Black-African-American 
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us
Https://zocdoc.com

CALL TO ACTION

Have a conversation with a family member or friends to “check-in” with them regarding their mental health and share the information that you have found. Report back to this post and let us know what the experience was like. 
THE WHY?
It is not uncommon for black people to hold things in and not talk about what they are feeling. It is freeing and therapeutic to be able to release pent up feelings of anger, depression and anxiety. Checking in with those that you love shows that you care and that they will always have an ear with you.  If you, or someone you know are having thoughts of suicide; please reach out to someone you love, contact 911 or the national suicide hotline. There is hope, and you are worthy. 

RESOURCES

Resources for Black Men: 
https://www.nimhd.nih.gov/programs/edu-training/byomm/toolkit.html
https://www.beam.community/tool-kits-education
https://therapyforblackmen.com
Resources for Black Women:
https://bwhi.org/
Https://TherapyForBlackGirls.com
Resources for Both:
Https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org
 https://www.nami.org/Your-Journey/Identity-and-Cultural-Dimensions/Black-African-American 
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us
Https://zocdoc.com
 

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