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Combatting the stigma of mental illness in the African American community

Stop The Stigma of Mental Health Edgewater Health
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month but unfortunately mental health isn’t talked about much in the African American community. Is stigma keeping African Americans from seeking mental health treatment?

May is Mental Health Awareness Month but unfortunately mental health isn’t talked about much in the African American community. It’s almost considered to be taboo, and that really needs to change. Many in the African community have always been told to “just pray about it.” but sometimes there is a need for clinical help--- along with prayer. Research shows 1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime, and African Americans are no exception. In fact, according to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 20 percent more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population. Joining us today is Michael Pirtle the Interim Director at Edgewater Health The Turning Point Center in Gary. As an addiction and substance abuse counselor as well as a clergy member his decades of experience has influenced how he sees the reality of mental health in northwest Indiana.

As co-host and producer of Regionally Speaking, Dee is responsible for connecting with northwest Indiana community newsmakers to share their stories with the Lakeshore Public Radio listening audience. She believes in the power of storytelling to engage, teach and change lives. Prior to working at Lakeshore Public Radio, Dee enjoyed giving of her time, talent and resources to various community organizations. Dee believes in servant leadership and her favorite quote is Leadership is service not position by Tim Fargo.