“If you heal a man within itself, he heals his family, his community, his world.”
-Douglas Reed, Black Men Heal
As November unfolds, it brings with it a crucial moment for reflection and dialogue around an issue that resonates deeply within our communities – Men’s Mental Health. We’ve come a long way, but it’s clear we still have work to do. The youth are feeling the weight of generational pathology that has taught them to cope instead of heal, and the repercussions are now starkly evident, especially in the alarming rise in suicide rates among black men.
The statistics are disheartening; an 80% increase in suicide rates among black men is a call to action. In 2019, suicide emerged as the second leading cause of death for males aged 18-24, underlining the urgent need for awareness and intervention. New York University’s documentation of rising suicide rates among black youth prompted a response from Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman to champion an emergency task force and legislation to address this critical issue.
Our community’s trauma has become a profitable topic, but it’s time to shift the narrative. Too often, we carry the weight of early trauma, and the toll becomes unbearable. The manifestation of pain through panic attacks, depression, and insomnia highlights the urgency for alternative healing modalities. Coping mechanisms can only take us so far; it’s time to confront the root causes and embark on a journey toward true healing.
The path forward involves breaking the silence surrounding mental health, fostering understanding, and embracing alternative healing modalities. Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month serves as a beacon of hope, challenging us to prioritize healing over mere coping. Let’s build a culture where seeking help is a sign of strength, and together, we can pave the way for a healthier, more resilient future.
Emergency Suicide Taskforce: https://watsoncoleman.house.gov/suicidetaskforce/
Resource – Therapy for Black Men: https://blackmenheal.org/