The suicide of a young person is always a tragedy, an event deeply mourned by the youth’s family and community. Sadly, the prevalence of this kind of tragedy is greater than many might think. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 2005 through 2013 indicate suicide has been the third or fourth […]

If you’re pregnant or have recently given birth, you should be screened for depression, a new U.S. Preventative Task Force recommendation says. Depression during pregnancy and postpartum is real — even if it isn’t a popular topic in the Black community. It is a dangerous condition that the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says affects […]

Article By Mae Davis // EEW Magazine Reporter We grow up in church hearing and quoting Nehemiah 8:10, “…the joy of the Lord is your strength!” But many Christians like Grammy® Award-winning gospel artist Tasha Cobbs struggle with depression and mental health challenges, and the singer says, the church needs to talk about it. “Growing […]

Sunday morning after church service, Deacon Johnson was on his way out and getting ready to watch the Washington Washington Football Team football game. He bumped into Miss Watson and warmly asked her, “How are you feeling this fine Sunday morning?” Miss Watson had recently suffered terrible losses, because she unexpectedly lost her job and […]

Work has long been my defense against love. In high school, I skipped social activities, sports, family Christmas Eve celebrations, and even my junior prom in favor of running the school newspaper, writing for the town paper, waiting tables, car-hopping at Sonic, lifeguarding, and cleaning churches…whatever I could do to stay busy. Like Bill Murray’s […]

Steve Siebold, a local mental toughness coach who is the author of “177 Mental Toughness Secrets of The World Class,” ($16.99;London House Press) and also a former professional tennis player, offers these 7 tips to help reduce the stress of the holidays and make it more enjoyable: Slow down: Life is challenging enough as it […]

 (Getty Images) 2004, Kel Mitchell felt like his life was falling to pieces. Kenan & Kel had been cancelled, his marriage was ending, and he was just struggling to find light in his life. “I felt like I’d hit a wall,” the All That star said in an interview with People. “I was like, ‘Okay. I need to […]

With her performance of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” in the musical Dreamgirls, beautiful singer Jennifer Holliday became a star on Broadway and in Hollywood. But Holliday’s life and career offstage slipped out of control as she battled a number of diseases including obesity and depression. Holliday was in despair for more than […]

 Yolanda Adams explains what it means to be truly, clinically depressed, and why we have to take it seriously when our loved ones come to us…

Nearly three years after bursting onto the gospel music scene with her signature hit “Break Every Chain” from her Grace album, Grammy award-winning singer Tasha Cobbs is back with a brand new live album, One Place Live. The worship album features a raw and mature sound, both lyrically and vocally. Back in May, the gospel music […]

There are countless myths and stigmas that surround depression in the Black community–particularly Black women. Myths surrounding the “strong Black women” can create needless pain and confusion, and can ultimately keep people from getting proper treatment. Strong Black women are supposed to 1.) have their own, 2.) not depend on anyone else for anything, 3.) […]

 (GETTY) Slowly, by degrees, more and more people within the black church are opening up about their struggles with mental health. Among them is Hall of Fame inductee and multiple GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer/composer/arranger, Richard Smallwood. In a recent interview with Chicago Tribune, the 66-year-old revealed that, once upon a time, “I had no desire to […]