Khandyce Pitner, M.Ed, LPC
Jul 6, 2021
“You don’t need a therapist, you just need to pray about it.” “We don’t take things outside of this house, deal it with us.” “Are you crazy? What do you need a counselor for?” – A plethora or Minority families.
Though all races, ethnicities, and cultures may have heard these statements, or some alike, minority groups tend to experience this stigma and thought-process at greater rates.
Through my extensive cultural-competency training, personal experience, and internal knowledge, I have heard statements alike in my personal life, professional life, and as minority individuals approach me to discuss seeking guidance. I have also had the pleasure of learning the beautiful intricacies of different cultures. In some minority cultures, fear of medical/healthcare professionals is real. In other minority cultures, the value on family and familial support is priority. Other minority cultures place high value on spiritual or religious practices.
Each of these intricacies have beauty, strength, and resilience. It is beneficial to understand what mental health IS and is NOT. When we begin to understand that mental health is as real and relevant as physical health, we begin to de-stigmatize one of the most beneficial things that can happen: Seeking mental health assistance and guidance from a professional.
If someone struggles with a broken bone, cancer, diabetes, or simply wants a check-up to ensure the body is working properly, seeking necessary professional assistance is seen as normal. Well, when we understand that mental health is in the same boat, we see the normality in seeking mental health assistance from a professional; whether we believe we have a mental health illness, want a check-up, or simply want a safe and comfortable space to express yourself without fear of judgement.
Black/African American Community
Latinx/Hispanic American Community
Asian American/Pacific Islander Community
Native and Indigenous Communities
If you remember nothing else from this article, please remember this… “Not everyone has a mental illness, but everyone has mental health.” – Khandyce Pitner, M.Ed, LPC
BIPOC Mental Health . Mental Health America. (2021). https://www.mhanational.org/bipoc-mental-health.
Greenstein , L. (2017, October 11). 9 Ways to Fight Mental Health Stigma. National Alliance on Mental Illness. https://www.nami.org/blogs/nami-blog/october-2017/9-ways-to-fight-mental-health-stigma.
Khandyce Pitner, M.Ed, LPC – Mental Health Therapist