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Author Terrie Williams on the Stigma That’s Killing African Americans

“We’re dying. And we’re nothing without our mental health.”Terrie Williams

So said Terrie Williams, renowned author of Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting and mental health advocate, who keynoted the Hartford Guardian’s, an online news publication, free public forum: Black Pain: Negotiating Health Disparities in the African American Community. (disclosure: the Connecticut Health Foundation was one of the sponsors for this panel and a series of articles on mental health in the African American community.).

In the African American community, the stigma against talking about mental health challenges is very real. As a result, many African Americans who struggle with depression and post traumatic stress disorder often do not get help until they enter the juvenile justice system.

In this video, Terrie speaks candidly about her own mental health struggle and journey, and the importance of sharing your story with someone else. This disturbing article, “African Americans Negotiate Mental Illness, Black Pain” in the Hartford Guardian describes the complex, troubling landscape of mental illness in the African American community.


You can read the Hartford Guardian’s excellent Q&A with Terrie here.