Notes from a Child Psychologist

Breaking the Stigma! Let’s talk about the mental health of Black Children and Adolescents

February 22, 2022 Dr. Tasha Brown Season 1 Episode 8
Notes from a Child Psychologist
Breaking the Stigma! Let’s talk about the mental health of Black Children and Adolescents
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Welcome to the final episode of our Black History 2022 wellness series.

When I heard the news concerning the suicide of Cheslie Kryst, attorney, television correspondent, and former Miss USA, I was left speechless like many of you. Suicide rates amongst people of color look are skyrocketing. And for every story that makes national headlines, ten more don't. 

I understand that many of my listeners are parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles dealing with children, adolescents, and young adults living with mental health concerns.

In this final episode, I want to discuss the stigma surrounding mental health in the black community. Together, we will examine the cultural attitudes that keep the stigma in place and have an honest conversation about creating real change starting in our own families and the children around us. 

  • [00:10:36]What is Mental Health Stigma, and how does it show up in the black community?  
  • [00:12:12]How can parents and caregivers address mental health stigmas around children.
  •  [00:18:59] Acknowledging the harassment, bullying, and abuse around black children and adolescents with mental disorders and how we can protect our most vulnerable members of society.
  •  [00:23:36] Addressing the black communities' mistrust of mental health care and treatments and advancements in practice.
  • [00:24:18] The trouble with dismissive language and improperly labeling those who struggle as "crazy" - is one of the ways we promote hiding and prevent individuals from seeking help - Listen as I share the importance of handling those we love with respect.  
  •  [00:25:18] The impact of religious coping and other mechanisms used in the black community leads to missed opportunities to get help - here is how we can change that.
  • [00:30:09] Creating communities of mental health professionals starts here. 
  • [00:31:49] Getting community buy-in to support your children
  •  [00:34:20] Breaking generational curses by sharing information and creating safe spaces to have conversations. 

Resources: 

Recommended Black History Month Reading List for Children:  

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What is Mental Health Stigma, and how does it show up in the black community?
How can parents and caregivers address mental health stigmas around children?
Acknowledging the harassment, bullying, and abuse around black children and adolescents with mental disorders and how we can protect our most vulnerable members of society.
Addressing the black communities' mistrust of mental health care and treatments and advancements in practice.
The trouble with dismissive language and improperly labeling those who struggle as "crazy" - is one of the ways we promote hiding and prevent individuals from seeking help - Listen as I share the importance of handling those we love with respect.
The impact of religious coping and other mechanisms used in the black community leads to missed opportunities to get help - here is how we can change that.
Creating communities of mental health professionals starts here.
Getting community buy-in to support your children
Breaking generational curses by sharing information and creating safe spaces to have conversations.