This past weekend, Adelphi University held a conference to specifically address Black Men's mental health in an effort to reduce the stigma that exists around seeking help.
As part of our series "Mental Wellness Monday" and because May is Mental Health Awareness Month, we were joined by Arron Muller, a licensed clinical social worker, and Schanica Pickens, assistant dean and director of the masters of social work program at Adelphi University.
They discussed the specific mental health needs of Black men, especially when their daily existence can create mental trauma: getting profiled, their interactions with police, not getting hired as easily, and more.
They also discussed the signs to look for if you or someone you know needs help. The list includes behavioral changes, mood shifts, difficulty getting out of bed, and physical symptoms that could be an upset stomach or headaches.
Therapy can help at any age. Make sure you identify the type of therapist you'll need (i.e. trauma therapist, general therapist to deal with day-to-day issues, etc.). For help, look to community resources and look at what health care providers are available through your insurance if you have it.