4 Ways to Support Men Through Mental Health Struggles
Kanye has been making waves on the internet lately with his tweets about slavery being a choice amongst other “free thoughts”. The Chicago rapper’s recent dialogue with Charlamagne Tha God revealed Kanye’s private struggles with mental health. He spoke about the alienating feelings of being misunderstood while struggling with his inner challenges. Some fans have chosen to distance themselves from West despite his own admissions to faults and struggles in the past. His longtime friend and fellow G.O.O.D. music affiliate, Common, came to his defense despite harsh public criticisms surrounding his choice of words.
“No matter what, Kanye is my brother. No matter what. That’s my brother, and I love him. And, I don’t agree with everything he says and everything he’s thinking. But, I don’t agree with a lot of things of people that I love. But that doesn’t mean I love them any differently,”
In the past, Kanye has spoken candidly about the dangers of being obsessed with fame and achieving status. His maniacal quest A feeling felt on varying levels within the Black male community. Black men are taught at early ages to conceal their emotions for fear of being labeled effeminate and weak. BlackDoctor sat down with several mental health professionals to find out how you can support Black men in their most private time of need. Dr. Varleisha Gibbs, Dr. Renata Weatherspoon and Nick Bryant of Houston Case Managers.
1. What should you watch for if you “suspect “ your male friend has a mental illness
Dr. Gibbs: Mental illness is complex. There are various diagnoses that you may be unaware of such as post-traumatic stress disorder and clinical depression. Not all symptoms reflect that of hearing voices and symptoms one may