Black Folks & Depression: 5 Reasons We Suffer In Silence

African American man sad depressedDespite devastating rates of suicide and illness, many African Americans continue to suffer in silence—refusing the help they need.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Services, Blacks are 20% more likely to report having serious psychological distress, like depression,  than the general population. Yet, a past study published by the American Psychological Association indicates that young African Americans, especially those with higher levels of education, are less likely to seek mental health services than their White counterparts.

So why are we suffering in silence?