We still have a serious issue in the black community when it comes to mental illness. Many black people are still in denial, shame, or lack of knowledge on the subject. Did you know that African Americans living below poverty are three times more likely to report serious psychological distress than those living above (and/or in) poverty? We are also 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the rest of the general population.
With that being said we still have a very low rate of going to see a therapist. Many in the black community still believe that mental illness is just a white man’s disease (which is totally untrue).
To tackle this issue I have created an app called “The Safe Place”. This Minority mental health app gives informative information on mental illnesses, self-care tips, black mental health statistics, a mental health directory, an open group forum, and more. The app is Now available for Android and iPhone.
If you like the app and find it a worthy cause, please donate to keep us on the app store here.
Jasmin Pierre is a Certified Peer Support Specialist, Certified Mental Health First Aid Responder, Mental Health Advocate, Motivational Speaker, Author of the self help book “A Fight Worth Finishing”, Owner of the Recovery based service “A Fight Worth Finishing”, and App Developer of the minority mental health app “The Safe Place”, Jasmin is constantly fighting for the rights of those who battle Mental Health Challenges.
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