The media may have you believe that the life of the African American males is all about sports, drugs, rap, crime, and poverty. Our true lives mirror this to some point but there is so much more that is overlooked. Lack of insurance of money for healthcare prevents many from getting proper attention to any mental issues they may have. What about depression in Black men? The Freshxpress.com discusses the issues with depression and suicide within the Black community.
Young Black men killing each other in urban ghettos and rising levels of unemployment are threatening to drown us in a cycle of poverty and crime. The horror stories are well publicized and we’re well acquainted with the statistics of undereducation, unemployment, and overincarceration. Despite those odds, there is a growing number of Black men who break free of the awful expectations and go on to pursue lives that don’t populate the top of the news. These men are also tremendous success stories. What most people overlook however is the mental health dangers that come along with not being a statistic.
Who cares about a Black boy’s blues? The truth is that most of this country’s policy efforts concerning Black men are directed at the issues of crime, education, and employment. Those issues are deserving but they’re not the only ones. Depression disproportionately affects the Black community and new research may suggest that Black men are particularly vulnerable to the disorder and suicide.