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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