Mental Health

At Black churches–fellowship with heaps of food

  Black churches provide fellowship and large amounts of food, which are served to relieve stress. The meals contribute to a high obesity rate in the black community, but they also provide needed comfort in an atmosphere of fellowship By Frederick H. Lowe CHICAGO–After the Fourth Sunday of Advent Service in December, members and guests of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church,[Read More…]

Georgia county to open court to treat arrestees suffering from mental illness

  DeKalb County, Georgia, is launching the DeKalb County Felony Mental Health Court this month after receiving grants from Criminal the Justice Coordinating Committee and the DeKalb County District Attorney’s office. The grants, totaling $131,338, will fund the court which will provide judicially supervised treatment and an alternative sentencing program designed to assist felony offenders who have severe and persistent[Read More…]

How ‘grit’ takes a toll on black college students

  “The process of healing from racial battle fatigue and institutional racism requires significant internal commitment and external support,” write the researchers. “Black college students are brilliant, talented, and creative, and they dream as big as other students. Pursuing higher education should not make them sick.” (Credit: Ryan McGuire/Gratisography)   Posted by Joan Brasher Vanderbilt University Past research shows that[Read More…]

Smog Raises Heart Risks in Those With Diabetes, Study Says

  Long-term study showed prolonged exposure linked to heart disease, stroke   (HealthDay News) — Long periods of exposure to air pollution — including dust and car exhaust — heightens heart risks for women with diabetes, a large, new study indicates. Building on prior research linking shorter exposures to air pollution to higher heart disease in the general population, the[Read More…]

Nearly half of Americans with high blood pressure not controlling it: CDC

  48% of blacks have their blood pressure under control HealthDay News — Nearly half of Americans with high blood pressure are not properly controlling their condition, increasing their risk of heart attack, stroke and heart disease, a new government report shows. About 47 percent of people with high blood pressure have not brought their numbers to a normal range,[Read More…]

Black groups expected court’s immigration decision —

They also don’t like what Obama has done By Frederick H. Lowe Two groups said they expected a negative court ruling with respect to President Obama’s immigration reform plan. However, they added they weren’t happy with the president’s efforts to improve the lives of this country’s black immigrants. The two groups, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and the Black[Read More…]

Low vitamin D linked to aggressive prostate cancer

  by Erin White A vitamin D deficiency may increase the chance of developing aggressive forms of prostate cancer for some men who are at high risk for the disease. Prostate cancer is a leading cause of cancer cases among black men and the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among African American men, according to the American Cancer Society. “Vitamin[Read More…]

Post Hurricane Katrina mental health issues still abound among blacks affected by the storm

  by Eliqua Brooks Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from the Louisiana Weekly ( — Many New Orleans residents suffer from depression 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, a category five storm that killed 1,245 people with 175 mile an hour winds on August 29, 2005. It continues to play a huge role in the wellness of the city.[Read More…]

President Obama Backs ‘Ban the Box’ to Help Former Prisoners Get Jobs

  By Hazel Trice Edney ( — President Barack Obama, who this week enacted the largest release of prisoners at one time in 30 years, has announced that he is “taking action to ‘ban the box’’ for the most competitive jobs at federal agencies.” That means he is pushing to remove all job application questions about a person’s prior criminal[Read More…]


  John Head Author John Head hit the nail on the head with his 2004 book, Black Men and Depression: Saving Our Lives, Healing Our Families and Friends. Head, a 1999-2000 Fellow in the Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Program in Atlanta, writes about mental illness and depression, subjects that at the time were little discussed among African-American men. The[Read More…]

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