Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Mental Health in the African American Community


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On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we all get a chance to step back, acknowledge, and appreciate the work and sacrifice put forth to make progress for equality in America.

Being the leader and face of the Civil Rights Movement was not glamorous, but Martin Luther King, Jr. felt the responsibility to lead that charge for change in our country. As an African American, I am grateful for the freedom and rights that were made possible for me through the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.

One of those rights is being able to talk about mental health and seek treatment, but why is that conversation so taboo inside of our community?

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MLK Day: Mental Illness Does Not Define You


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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Today, as we celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and all of the incredible work he did on behalf of equality, I want to bring up a little-know fact about his this great man.

Dr. Kind struggled with depression for much of his life. In fact, some reports even say that he attempted suicide as a boy, so distraught after his grandmother died.

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