Minorities face obstacles when in need of help for mental health

Minorities face obstacles when in need of help for mental health
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There are many obstacles to overcome before many people of color can even start getting help for mental health.The need for mental health services has spiked amid the COVID-19 pandemic — that’s on top of a system that was already overwhelmed before COVID-19 .Alexander Blanc has always worked hard to help his community, but on the inside, he faced struggles others didn’t see.”Happiness, for a long time, I was faking it. For a long time, you carry a smile and you ‘re smiling because the world tells you that you should be, but internally, I feel like I was just existing,” Blanc said. Eventually, Blanc accepted that he needed to address the issues causing his pain.”As I started to progress through life and I went through these changes emotionally and things of that nature, I started to have, of course, my traumas, and I started to realize some things were out of my control and I couldn’t control my emotions as much as I wanted to,” Blanc said. Blanc started the process of finding someone to t alk to, a process that can be difficult, especially for under-served communities. It’s a problem that Dr. Linda Darrell said can be a major barrier to accessing care.”People are struggling with this,” said Darrell, who is with the Morgan State University School of Social Work. terms of available services or counselors or social workers or psychologists to really help them, people who look like them.”Blanc said it took him a while to find someone to help, but it was worth it. He found a therapist who is Haitian, like him.”To be able to maneuver through the cultural differences and the ethnic differences as well, and just me being a Black man and what does that mean day to day, there was a lot of things that went into finding the therapist that I felt was the best for me, but I did,” Blanc said. There are many barriers to care, including what Dr. Laurens Van Sluytman at Morgan State’s School of Social Work described as structural issues.” Who’s going to provide child care? When do I get the time off work to go do that? When can I actually get that done?” Van Sluytman said. Another obstacle is the stigma that comes with admitting you need help.”(That’s) tied back to our histories, where we have to be strong or any sense of weakness is seen as an issue for some families. So, admitting one is struggling becomes a challenge,” Van Sluytman said. If left unaddressed, the consequences can be said. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, suicide was the second-leading cause of death for African Americans ages 15 to 24 in 2019.”It scared me to know that you could be next to someone and you could see them every day and not know what they’re going through,” Blanc said. Blanc said he plans to start a podcast to help address some of these issues and lessen the stigma. He said he lives by the advice given to him by an elder in his community: “Life gets better when you’re helping others who are in worse situation.” months. They said it’s good to see people reaching out for help; however, they worry there are many who will be discouraged because it’s so difficult to find a doctor with openings.

There are many obstacles to overcome before many people of color can even start getting help for mental health.

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The need for mental health services has spiked amid the COVID-19 pandemic — that’s on top of a system that was already overwhelmed before COVID-19.

Alexander Blanc has always worked hard to help his community, but on the inside, he faced struggles others didn’t see.

“Happiness, for a long time, I was faking it. For a long time, you carry a smile and you’re smiling because the world tells you that you should be, but internally, I feel like I was just existing,” White said.

Eventually, White accepted that he needed to address the issues causing his pain.

“As I started to progress through life and I went through these changes emotionally and things of that nature, I started to have, of course, my traumas, and I started to realize some things were out of my control and I couldn’t control my emotions as much as I wanted to,” White said.

Blanc started the process of finding someone to talk to, a process that can be difficult, especially for under-served communities. It’s a problem that Dr. Linda Darrell said can be a major barrier to accessing care.

“People are struggling with this,” said Darrell, who is with the Morgan State University School of Social Work.

Darrell said it can be a problem “in terms of available services or counselors or social workers or psychologists to really help them, people who look like them.”

White said it took him a while to find someone to help, but it was worth it. He found a therapist who is Haitian, like him.

“To be able to maneuver through the cultural differences and the ethnic differences as well, and just me being a Black man and what does that mean day to day, there was a lot of things that went into finding the therapist that I felt was the best for me, but I did,” White said.

There are many barriers to care, including what Dr. Laurens Van Sluytman at Morgan State’s School of Social Work described as structural issues.

“Who’s going to provide child care? When do I get the time off work to go do that? When can I actually get that done?” Van Sluytman said.

Another obstacle is the stigma that comes with admitting you need help.

“(That’s) tied back to our histories, where we have to be strong or any sense of weakness is seen as an issue for some families. So, admitting one is struggling becomes a challenge,” Van Sluytman said.

If left unaddressed, the consequences can be said. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, suicide was the second-leading cause of death for African Americans ages 15 to 24 in 2019.

“It scared me to know that you could be next to someone and you could see them every day and not know what they’re going through,” Blanc said.

Blanc said he plans to start a podcast to help address some of these issues and lessen the stigma. He said he lives by the advice given to him by an elder in his community: “Life gets better when you’re helping others who are in worse situation.”

The doctors who spoke with 11 News all said their caseload has grown significantly in recent months. They said it’s good to see people reaching out for help; however, they worry there are many who will be discouraged because it’s so difficult to find a doctor with openings.

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