According to a study conducted by Ward, Wiltshire, Detry, and Brown in 2013:
👉Black/African Americans hold beliefs related to stigma, psychological openness, and help-seeking, which in turn affects their coping behaviors.
👉Generally speaking, the participants in this study were not very open to acknowledging psychological problems, but they were somewhat open to seek mental health services.
👉Thirty percent of participants reported having a mental illness or receiving treatment for a mental illness.
👉Black/African Americans men are particularly concerned about stigma.
👉Cohort effects, exposure to mental illness, and increased knowledge of mental illness are factors which could potentially change beliefs about symptoms of mental illness.
👉Participants appeared apprehensive about seeking professional help for mental health issues, which is consistent with previous research. However, participants were willing to seek out some form of help.
👉👉If you know anyone or are someone who has been affected by a mental health illness, please seek the guidance of a mental health professional! As you would for a broken leg, a sprain, or physical health issue, your mental health should be treated the same!