Mental health and stigma in communities of color, Removing the shame

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Film director Hezeus R is tackling the issue of mental health related to communities of color through his film, Suicide Saint. He’ll be launching
an interview series on social media to discuss this topic with expert professionals as guests.

There is one issue that has plagued people of color with very few having the courage to address – mental health. The World Health Organization (WHO) states over 800,000 people commit suicide every year – that’s one person every forty seconds. Also, the National Council for Behavioral Health notes that 46% of adults in the USA experience mental illness. In communities of color, according to the non-profit community organization, Mental Health America, out of 13% of Black Americans in the USA (according to the Census Bureau), 16% reported having mental illness – that’s over 7 million people (more than the overall populations of Chicago, Philadelphia and Houston combined).

I sit down with Hezeus to talk about this topic, the film, and who Hezeus is.

Guest: Film director, Hezeus R

Lets stomp out the stigma!

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