“My family used to joke that only white people need therapy. Black people go to church instead, find remedies on their knees in prayer, sing their sorrows away. Meanwhile, white academics told me that African-Americans merely fabricated ungrounded stigma around psychiatric help. As absurd as these two viewpoints may sound, these myths actually point to a greater phenomenon.
As of 2012, 15% of the US American population without health insurance was African-American. Considering the role economic status plays in healthcare sheds light on the racial discrepancy with respect to treating mental illness. Many people with health insurance find that their companies don’t cover the cost of mental illness treatment, and those without any health insurance find themselves facing incredibly high prices to pay for medical care, or opting not to pursue treatment at all. These obstacles often lead Black folks in the states to “rely on family, religious and social communities for emotional support rather than turning to health care professionals, even though this may at times be necessary,” states NAMI’s fact sheet on African American Community Mental Health.
Even if able to pay for treatment, many Black folks encounter prejudices and biases from medical caregivers. Black people, especially Black men, are frequently misdiagnosed when it comes to mental illness. For example, most prominently in the 1960s, white doctors institutionalized Black men involved in civil rights protests (particularly in Detroit) on the grounds that the behaviors these men defended as political activism was really schizophrenic rage and volatility. Also, medical practitioners’ prescriptions sometimes reflect discriminatory and generally racial assumptions that Black people do not need as much medicine as white people. Studies conducted by the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health discovered that Black US Americans are 1.5 times as likely to be denied antidepressant treatment. No one wants tell you that the system is sick. No one wants to tell you that the healthcare system intentionally keeps historically marginalized groups like queer folks, and Black folks, and people who happen to find themselves at the intersection of queerness and Blackness sick.”
This is not a feel good article, but it NEEDS to be said. This is a huge problem, and part of the reason that I will never shame anyone for having self-diagnosed.
Recently, I witnessed this in Canada. The media is so quick to twist around messages that they themselves do not understand. They take hurtful words, and propagate them against minorities, ingest misinformation, and the outcome is nothing hate, and lots of it.
“Before I give my body, I must give my thoughts, my mind, my dreams. And you weren’t having any of those.”Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (via babybastet)
“A long time ago I learned not to explain things to people. It misleads them into thinking they’re entitled to know everything I do.”(via heartsoulandcurves)
“1. You stupid motherfucker, I hate you.
13 things I will not text you (via dggystyle)
2. Please come over tonight. Are you doing anything this week?
3. Was it just as friends? Is that why you didn’t kiss me? I really wanted you to.
4. You dumb jerk, I bet you actually like her.
5. I feel safe when your arms are around me and you’re the warmest body I’ve ever wanted.
6. I don’t think we’d ever held hands before that night. I didn’t want to let go.
7. Did you not get the hint that I really wanted to sit next to you on the bus? I could’ve gone back, but I stayed pressed up against you for a reason.
8. Asshole. Asshole. Asshole.
9. You’re not being fucking fair; you know exactly what I would give to get a second chance.
10. Please respond, I just want to know that you care.
11. You light up my sky like hometown sunrises and keep me warm in the snow like my favorite jacket. It’s not fair for you to grab onto me and let go.
12. I tried to be the first to pull away and you just kept coming back to me. You came back to me.
13. You’re dumb and stupid and I really want you to call me or text me or facetime me or show up at my house or anything at all.”
Alright, I’ll go make some muffins.
1. You can paint the galaxy onto your nails but you can not put the stars back in his eyes- once he loses that sparkle, it’s gone. You are no hero. You can not save him.
2. He will kiss you until your lips turn blue.
There is nothing poetic about this- stop writing about it.
He will call you beautiful then ignore every call of yours when he meets someone new. Remember that you’re still beautiful.
3. You will fall in love again.
4. He will kiss your scars even though he didn’t leave them, let him.
But don’t mistake those kisses as him saving you- because he can’t.
5. Save yourself.
6. Happy endings are complete bullshit, but believe in them anyway.
7. Your heart will be broken again.
And I know the thought of that is terrifying but you will survive it.
Stop counting the blades on the razor. Put the bottle of pills away.
It might take a while but I promise, you’re going to be okay.
8. You’re entitled to feel what you’re feeling. Drown in those emotions until you learn how to swim. Cry oceans if you have to.
9. It’s okay to be confused every single day. You’re 20.
10. You are no hero & neither is he. Save yourself first every time.” 10 things I wish someone.. Anyone would’ve told me. (via caramelcoatedxxxtacy)