Black Masculinity and Mental Health: What Black Men Should Consider About Their Emotional And Mental Wellness

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Black Masculinity and Mental Health: What Black Men Should Consider About Their Emotional And Mental Wellness

The minds of black men

In this Forbes article, you'll learn about:

  • How black masculinity affects mental health

" Traditional media portrayals of Black men haven’t helped. As a study published in 2019 in the journal Psychology of Men & Masculinities explains, we have been inundated with images in film, television, and social media that depict Black men as overly masculine and, in some cases, aggressive and hypersexual. Open displays of emotion, on the other hand, are often frowned upon and not socially acceptable, sending a clear message to some Black men that to be accepted, they must fit a particular gender role in which strength and stoicism are mandatory. "

  • Trends that show hope

" Members of the music industry are not alone in their efforts to increase awareness among Black men about mental health; TV portrayals are also shifting. In a 2020 episode of FX's Dave, GaTa — who plays a version of his real self on the show as hype man to Lil Dicky (Dave Burd) — reveals that he has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The episode was well received by fans, and GaTa later openly shared his real-life experiences with the diagnosis. "

  • Tips to help black men seek help

"  For Black men who find themselves conflicted about whether to seek a professional counselor and are wondering if it’s right for them, here are five things for Black men consider.

1. You have nothing to prove. Black men who are experiencing psychological and emotional health challenges have nothing to prove to anyone but themselves. Of course, there are obligations to loved ones that must be fulfilled, but prioritizing mental and physical wellness so that you can be more present for those who love and depend on you is essential.

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