2020 was the year of hard-won lessons. The COVID-19 pandemic brought nationwide lockdowns, an economic/financial crisis, and rising racial tensions. For most of us, “doing well” meant simply being able to muddle through the days. But, if there’s one thing last year taught the world, it’s that dark times often reveal what’s been “hidden” to the light. What is now – and should have been – very apparent to all is that Black people have been stressed long before the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s difficult to put into words the relationship between mental health and the Black community. There has been a longstanding history of the topic of mental health being taboo in our community.
This crippling stigma has unfortunately travelled generations.
Truthfully, the conversation is continuous but more consistent than ever before. We’re seeing more acceptance within our community, but the progress is slow. There’s still a mistrust of mental health professionals and the health industry in general amongst the community. The implicit bias and racial disparities amongst Black patients is still an obstacle we have yet to overcome.