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The Elephant in the Hood: The Cultural Stigma of Mental Illness

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The old man who sits on the corner rocking back and forth and talking to himself. The single mom whose kids seem to be raising themselves becasue she rarely gets out of bed. The aunt that the family always labeled as "eccentric." What may have just been cast off as odd may actually be very serious in nature and in need of attention. Chances are none of these people have ever received a diagnosis or treatment.

Mental health is just as important as physical health, but in many minority communities a significant number of people go overlooked and underserved. Most resign themselves to suffering in silence because of the cultural stigmas attached to mental illness. The inevitable outcome has been a rise in suicide, in crime, in poverty, and in the further fracturing of the family unit.

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, and because mental health affects us all, we should all be discussing it. Join as as we chat with Laura Allen from The Ashley Jadine Foundation, a nonprofit in support of teen suicide awareness and prevention, and Cecelia Williams from NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Houston.

Call in, 646-716-6910 or chat with us LIVE during the broadcast.