An Open Letter to Black Women Battling Depression

Dear Black Women,

We care.

We care about those nights when you are crying uncontrollably because you feel unworthy. We see those days where you just want to lay in bed, eating ice cream trapped inside of your dark thoughts. We get it, this world is cold, especially to the Black woman. You have been our backbone for centuries and your commitment hasn't gone unnoticed. Society has forced you to mute these feelings and adapt to the planet as if your mental health doesn't matter. You feel fatigued and mentally checked out to the world but understand Black women... we care.

Black Women, we understand.

We understand your frustration. We come home, and we can see hopelessness written all over your face. We understand your depression may force you to gain a few pounds or emotionally disconnect from us at times. We understand those sleepless nights or suicidal thoughts can scare you. But please understand, this world would be NOTHING without you. We understand the confidence, strength, and intelligence you bring to the table. In fact, we understand the history of the strong, Black woman is the sole reason we are here. I know, during this darkness, sometimes our kind words don't make you feel honorable, but just know that you are and we understand.

Black Women, we love you.

We love your resilience and your courage. You may not see it now, but you are beautiful inside and out. Believe it or not, that melanin is what wakes us up every day and drives us to be better. We love that no matter life has thrown your way, you haven't quit. Continue to work with us, as we attempt to give you the space you need and unconditional love you deserve. Mental health issues and depression are new to most of us and unfortunately, as a race, we have been taught to neglect these feelings. Help us understand what you are feeling and how we can support you. You are not fighting alone and whenever you are ready to talk, we are here to listen. Even when you're at your worst, Black women, we love you more than you can imagine.

Black Community, it's time.

It's time to protect our queens, without labeling them as 'crazy'; but instead realizing they are just misunderstood. Our wives, mothers, and sisters need us most and it is our duty to be there. Mental health is a serious issue within our community and it's time we start talking about it. According to the Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 20% more likely to report having serious psychological distress than Non-Hispanic Whites. It's time to stand united, openly talk about our struggles and move forward. It's time for us to show Black support, to the Black woman.

 

Sincerely,

Strong Black Men

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