Let's Talk: Mental Health in the African American Community


A large crowd showed up to the Frank Merriweather Library on a wet evening to hear a discussion about mental health in the Black community. Is there really a stigma in the community related to mental health? The panel of four experts in the field said yes.

“Stigma is there for all cultural groups when it comes to mental health,” Mental Health Counselor and Panelist Erin Moss. “But in particular, for the African American Community, I really believe it has historical roots.”

Moss said the stigma is alive and well because it has been passed down through generations. She reasons the stigma runs deep because of a distrust between African Americans and healthcare providers.