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Understanding Mental Health in the African American Community

Black Mental Health
isn't the same as
White Mental Health

Watch the video for a discussion on how societal factors affect Mental Illness among African Americans differently


African Americans experience Psychological Disorders that are common among the general population.  Primary mental health issues among adults include:  Major Depressive Disorder,  Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Substance Abuse. Primary disorders among youth include Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Substance Abuse.

According to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 20% more likely to experience a greater negative impact on their functioning in everyday life.   Mental Health issues are worsened among Among African Americans due to several factors, including delayed diagnosis, lower rates of treatment, and stigma.  Other cultural factors impact the emergence of mental health condtions such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder due to the higher exposure to violent events.  Further, while African Americans have lower rates of suicide, recent research has found that the rate of suicide among African American males age 5 - 11 have significantly increased, surpassing the rates of white males within this age group. 

Watch the Video for a Comprehensive Review of Common Psychological Disorders Among African Americans including Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, PTSD and ADHD.

Source:  Janssen Pharmaceuticals


A Guide for
African Americans
and Their Families

The Human Brain and Mental Illness

Many within the Scientific Community regard the Human Brain as the most complex object within the universe.  The brain contains approximately 100 billion cells called neurons that communicate utilizing electrical and chemical signals.  When there is a disruption in the communication between cells, frequently caused by an imbalance in the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters), mental illness may occur.
 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

Psalm 139:14

Watch the video for a discussion on how the brain functions, and governs human behavior

It really is o.k. to seek professional mental health treatment.

Mental Health and the
African American Church

Rev. Timothy McDonald, Pastor
First Iconium Baptist Church

In this inspiring video, Rev. McDonald discusses the important role that the
church plays in addressing
Mental Health. 

Rev. McDonald urges individuals to integrate treatment along with their faith
in the healing process.
 Rev. Timothy McDonald, Pastor, First Iconium Baptist Church, emphasizes  the importance of utlizing mental health professionals as "instruments of God."  Please view Rev. McDonald's passionate discussion in the video Mental Health and the African American Church (left). Under the leadership of Rev. McDonald and First Lady Shirley McDonald, First Iconium Baptist Church hosted a community-wide
Mental Health Conference in 2016.