Tag: mental health

Taraji P. Henson’s Groundbreaking Mental Health Summit Is Sure to Make an Impact on Black America’s Quiet Crisis

Taraji P. Henson attends the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation Inaugural “Can We Talk?” Benefit Dinner at the Newseum on June 7, 2019, in Washington, D.C.Photo: Tasos Katopodis (Getty Images for the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation) What Taraji P. Henson has been able to do with her first Boris L. Henson Foundation benefit and conference last […]

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Taraji Henson’s Groundbreaking Mental Health Summit Is Sure to Make an Impact on Black America’s Quiet Crisis

Taraji P. Henson attends The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation Inaugural “Can We Talk?” Benefit Dinner at The Newseum on June 7, 2019, in Washington, D.C.Photo: Tasos Katopodis (Getty Images for The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation) What Taraji P. Henson has been able to do with her first Boris L. Henson Foundation benefit and conference last […]

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Philadelphia’s First Openly Gay Deputy Sheriff Found Dead of Apparent Suicide

Photo: iStock On Friday, Deputy Sheriff Dante Austin was found dead inside the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 27. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the city’s first openly gay deputy sheriff died by suicide, according to findings confirmed by the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office. Advertisement Amber […]

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The Perils of Being ‘Office Oprah’

Illustration: Angelica Alzona (G/O Media) AntisocialThe society column for people afraid of society, written by The Root’s Editor-in-Chief and resident Bipolar Disorder expert/sufferer.   Once upon a time in a newsroom as white as the newly fallen snow, I stood out as the only black person there—woman or otherwise. I was it. It was me. Trying […]

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She’s Not Your Superwoman: Miko Branch of Miss Jessie’s Pays Homage to Her Sister Titi on Her 50th Birthday

With over 46 million Americans experiencing mental illness in any given year, it is something which directly or indirectly affects us all. Yet, black women, in particular, often suffer in silence because of shame, stigma or frankly, lack of resources or time to take care of themselves. That black woman muttering to herself on a […]

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Taraji P. Henson Wants Us To Change How We Talk About Mental Health

Can we talk for a minute? And no, I’m not trying to know your name. I want to talk about mental health in the black community. Brothas, how y’all feeling? Sisters, y’all alright? In the black community discussing mental health is a privilege. We have a tendency to not call a thing a thing. We […]

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A Black Teen Was Going Through a Mental Health Crisis. Wisconsin Police Ended Up Punching Him in the Head

Screenshot: Brandi Grayson Facebook Madison, Wisc., police officers were called to the home of a 17-year-old boy last week because he was experiencing a mental health crisis. The encounter ended with officers tackling the child, placing a bag over his head, and punching the teen, who is black, repeatedly. Unbeknownst to the officers, the entire […]

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Postpartum OCD Is Real. This Is What You Need to Know About It

After her second child was born, Britney Asbell, 29, became obsessed with the thought that someone might break into their home or their house might catch on fire. At the time, she also fixated on the safe where the family’s gun was kept. “I would just sit and spend probably the first hour or two […]

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Growing Beyond Labels: We are Not Simply a Disorder

Human beings are complicated and wonderfully complex organisms. So complicated, in fact, that our basic understanding of the brain’s functions is still at its earliest stages. We think we might know a person once we hear a label. “Oh, she’s an accountant.” “He went to Harvard.” “Yeah, I know, she has schizophrenia.” As though that […]

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‘Where Is My Mommy? She’s Gone’: Tiffany Haddish Discusses Her Childhood Abuse With David Letterman

Netflix/YouTube It’s no secret that there are profound tragedies at the root of many comedic success stories. As Tiffany Haddish revealed in her 2017 autobiography, The Last Black Unicorn, hers occurred in childhood when her mother suffered a traumatic brain injury. “When I was 8, about to be 9, she had a car accident and […]

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Fear, Medication and Black Mental Health: A Physician’s View From the Front Lines

Photo: iStock Since becoming a primary care physician over 20 years ago, I made the conscious choice to cement my career treating black and minority patients, primarily in underserved and indigent communities. This career arc spans from rural clinics treating migrant farm workers to predominately black, inner-city hospitals. And while the reports of the overmedication […]

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New Research Says That Identifying as a ‘Strong Black Woman’ Can Lead to Depression

Photo: iStock In the last few years at least, there has been some pushback against the prevailing notion of the “strong black woman” as a good thing, as black women themselves have recognized that vulnerability and yes, selfishness, is an important part of a healthy mental make up. Like so many things that have gotten […]

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Corinne Foxx Gets Her Own Category on Beat Shazam and Talks Beating Her Anxiety, Too

Photo: Courtesy “Beat Shazam” Corinne Foxx, daughter of Jamie Foxx, is a pretty face, but she also has a brain; and for mental health awareness month, she’s adamant about talking about ‘brain health.’ In addition to co-hosting Fox’s Beat Shazam, the weekly music series in which two brothers from Philly recently walked with a cool […]

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