LOWNDES COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) – National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is observed each July to highlight the unique struggles that racial and ethnic minority communities face with mental health issues.
“This month is uniquely designed to raise awareness and recognize the mental health and addictions issues that arise within minority communities. Especially black, aboriginal and people of color,” said Shareka Jefferson, Noxubee County Administrator.
She says racial minority groups typically experience higher levels of anxiety, depression, suicidal tendencies and post-traumatic stress disorder, “When it comes to black communities, for a particular reason there is a cultural stigma that mental illness or mental health is a problem or that we should be able to put up with those things. There have been many years of trauma that have kept us from overcoming these things, fortunately we have overcome a lot of things, but there is always this point or this psychological aspect that has not been addressed and that we always have to find time to approach,
People sometimes find the courage and comfort to discuss their feelings in unlikely spaces.
Bobby Jordan has been a barber in the friendly town for over 20 years, “Most of my clients come and want to talk about what they’re going through. They want to express what they feel. therefore, it is a good place to relieve pressure.
He says that since he opened his shop, important life topics have been discussed, “Most people feel confused and desperate and wonder what’s going on because we’re in a different world. years ago they called the barbershop the black man’s country club because he feels like he can be free to say whatever he wants without any judgment. The barber is part of the family, so they will express to the barber how they feel,”
Jefferson says it’s critical for all groups to engage in conversation and locate mental health services.
“Every community should have a community health center. this allowed all members of the communities to have some access to health services. It is therefore very important to find these people, know where they are and contact someone so that you can get the care you need, we are not our elements. We have to be comfortable talking about the number of challenges that have affected so many people on this earth, not just a specific culture or a specific socio-economic status, but everyone has been affected,”
For more information about mental health services in your area, visit communitycounselingservices.com