It’s past time to get rid of the embarrassment of mental illness

By Merlene Davis Herald-Leader columnist February 24, 2014

Evelyn Morton has been working through depression all of her life.  In the past, when the mood swings came, she isolated herself, choosing to hide her condition rather than reveal it. That may have been a good thing.

The black community has not been very supportive of those with mental illness, even though we experience rates of mental health issues similar to those of the general population. Blacks sometimes consider mental illness a weakness, which is why only about a third of those in need of treatment seek it.

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