Black Mental Health Is Different From White Mental Health

Mental illness is not one-size-fits-all. Just look at the state of mental health in the black community, which is replete with unique and systemic issues.

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Mental illness is not one-size-fits-all. One's race, tribe, values, and upbringing will all play a major role in honing the mold for mental illness. Case in point: We recently asked Dr. Michael Lindsey, mental health researcher and associate professor at the Silver School of Social Work at NYU, to discuss the state of mental health in the African-American community. Here's what he had to say:

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