Unfortunately we live in world where not everyone can say that they're happy and I've been one of those people. Depression is real and something that exists in every culture. Yes, everyone has their down days but depression is "down days" to a higher level.
Being a person of color and being raised by people of color I wasn't taught to acknowledge my depression. "Be strong… Toughen up… It will pass." But what happens when it doesn't pass?
It's no secret that black people have and still experience hatred and racism and as a result, we have to fight hard and be strong to make it through our day-to-day. And although I do want us to be tough, don't let your toughness blind you from taking care of your mental health.
Television shows like Empire and Atlanta have helped shine a light on the denial of mental illness within the black community and with that it's time to encourage treatment. If you or someone you know is suffering from depression know that it doesn't represent weakness and there are many steps to getting better.
Don't let a treatable mental illness rob you from the life you deserve.
Below are some helpful resources.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
Phone: (800) 273-TALK (8255)