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Mind Health for People of Color




july 2023

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Many of us in the mental health community have a big ol' metaphorical hug around you right now. Not that anybody can know exactly what you are experiencing at the moment - but we know it can sometimes feel lonely. Our mental health professionals will know what your next best step is - so if you haven't already done so my friend - come find us and we will meet you there.

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Mind Health for People of Color

The health of African Americans has often been portrayed in terms of deficits, disease, and death. Historically, little attention has been paid to the remarkable fact that African Americans, as a population, have demonstrated an enduring ability to survive numerous social, economic, and environmental challenges for over a century, even predating the founding of the United States.

While these inequities have undoubtedly had a devastating impact, it is important to acknowledge the considerable diversity in outcomes, suggesting the presence of significant individual and collective resilience among African Americans.

This Perspective aims to ignite discussions and promote research that delves into the concept of resilience within a population where "overcoming" and "bouncing back" from adversities, ranging from minor incidents to long-standing, legally enforced oppression, have been essential for survival.


Taylor HA Jr, Washington-Plaskett T, Quyyumi AA. Black Resilience - Broadening the Narrative and the Science on Cardiovascular Health and Disease Disparities. Ethn Dis. 2020 Apr 23;30(2):365-368. doi: 10.18865/ed.30.2.365. PMID: 32346283; PMCID: PMC7186053.

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Recognized for his captivating charisma and radiant thousand-watt smile, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, an accomplished American actor, producer, businessman, and retired professional wrestler, has openly shared his struggles with depression in the past.

Reflecting on his freshman year at the University of Miami, he recounted a particularly distressing moment. "My shoulder popped out of its socket and was just hanging there," he disclosed to The Hollywood Reporter. This incident marked the onset of his first encounter with depression. "I didn't understand what was happening," he recalled. "I couldn't comprehend why I had no motivation for anything. It was an entirely new experience for me."

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“It all turns around when you have the right support system,” she says. “I knew it was treatable when they didn’t make me feel ashamed.”

“I want to use my celebrity and my voice to put a face to this. This is a national crisis.”

” Depression is understandable in these circumstances, during these times,” she said in an interview with People magazine.

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