According to statistics fewer than half of black women who need mental health care receive it, and the other half carry this I’m a “strong Black woman” mentality that hinders them from receiving the care they need. I recently had an opportunity to sit down and speak with the amazing Stephanie Jones about Black women and mental. She gave me so much insight on the truth of Black women receiving care and what hinders us from receiving the care we need.
Stephanie A. Jones, LCSW, MSW is a Licensed Psychotherapist and owner of Lifestyle Management Counseling Center based in Jacksonville, FL. She is also the Founder and Creative behind Women at Werk, a women’s empowerment, networking, and lifestyle brand. Ms. Jones is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and has received countless awards and recognition for her dedication as a public servant to her local community.
BDO: How does mental health in Black women differ from any other race?
SJ: Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder among black women. Black women carry a lot of bricks in their backpacks that weigh them down. Often Black women carry
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