Don't let the church be silent on mental health any longer.
According to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, mental health distress disproportionately affects black adults in the United States. Black adults are more likely than white adults to report persistent symptoms of emotional distress, such as sadness, hopelessness, and feelings of despair as if everything they face is an uphill battle. Worse, mental health distress significantly affects black adults living below the poverty line; they are more than twice as likely to report severe psychological distress than those with more financial security. Despite these staggering statistics, mental health remains one of the most taboo subjects in the black community – especially within the church – translating to only 1 in 3 Black adults who need mental health care taking action to receive it.
There is hope. Tarrent-Arthur Henry, a Christian author, pastor, and mental health responder, seeks to change the mental health landscape in black churches and communities