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Every Saturday morning, they meet as part of this informal group, and they not only walk, they talk. They talk a lot, almost nonstop. What do they talk about?
Hank is going through some serious marital problems and Jack is feeling the stress of paying for two college tuitions, a mortgage, a car loan, entertainment, and more. None of this comes up. Also, neither has said so, but they both have high blood pressure and are borderline diabetics, and one of them suffers from symptoms of depression and anxiety. Rarely do they talk about their health. They practically never talk about feelings or about sources of their insecurities. We also found that it often means being tough and self-sufficient, and that many African American men embrace TGS as a source of self-esteem and self-respect.
Although major depressive disorder MDD is less common among African American men than white men, African American men with depressive symptoms often are misdiagnosed. For example, African American men more often experience severe effects in their work life — And when African American men experience serious mental health challenges, they far too infrequently get the help they need; in fact, non-Hispanic African American men seek mental health services ificantly less often than whites and African American women.
This communicates two unhealthy messages. Of course, sometimes ificant time alone spent praying, meditating, and strategizing is helpful.
African American men and women also must help shift a culture that sometimes frowns upon professional help-seeking. And researchers and members of the medical community must contribute as well through research exploring the many barriers to help-seeking among African American men.
Another factor is a general mistrust of the medical system as well as mistrust of mental health providers. In addition, many African American men are not sure how to seek mental health services — yet at the same time they do know that it can be expensive.
Another barrier is an overemphasis on psychiatry as the main source of mental health treatment, which worsens worry about the use of antidepressants, a form of treatment that many African American men dislike. We need to deal with all of these obstacles. The costs of suffering are too great, and there are many benefits to seeking professional help. I know this from personal experience. My story is both simple and complicated. Years ago, after the unexpected loss of an adult child, I literally had trouble getting out of bed and barely had the energy to shower.
Back then, what kept me going was my own personal walking club. I asked my closest friends to me for a walk once each week, and they readily agreed. My friends gradually helped walk me back to health.
And I tried to open up more about how I was feeling to people in general. In addition, I sought out individual psychological counseling. I still sometimes live my life behind a mask of invincibility. It is very comfortable, and it has gotten me through some tough times. Unfortunately, men of all colors have learned to quickly convert hurt feelings to anger. But we only think we are mad. First, men need more programs focused explicitly on open, honest dialogue about stress, feelings, and emotional well-being. This is the next step for the Man Up Man Down program.
Although the Man Up Man Down program was created as a research project and not a counseling intervention, the vast majority of men who participate say the mere act of meeting and talking makes them feel better. Another next step is to conduct research evaluating more rigorously whether these kinds of discussion groups can mitigate feelings of anxiety and depressive symptoms. We also need to help reduce stigma around help-seeking in African American communities by working with institutions like churches and barbershops. For example, Stephen Thomas, PhD, created the Health Advocates In-Reach and Research HAIR program, which is building a national network of barbershops and salons that partner with a university and hospital to address local health needs.
In addition, we need to encourage more African American men to become mental health providers. Finally, we need to continue to train mental health providers to be attuned to the culturally unique needs of African American men, which include different vocabularies of distress, the intergenerational impact of slavery, and present-day Seeking an african american guy discrimination.
Be a Healthy Man, not a Tough Guy. New section. Too often, black men don't share their feelings and miss out on getting mental health help. How could they not know all this about each other? Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality.
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Beyond the Individual: Social and Cultural Influences on the Health-Seeking Behaviors of African American Men