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African American Mental Health

Excerpt from "Sharing Hope: An African American Guide to Mental Health" 

By the National Alliance on Mental Illness

"Wellness means being healthy physically, mentally and spiritually. Mental health conditions in particular can affect all of us. One in every four individuals has a mental health condition of some kind, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. African Americans are no exception.

Any part of the body - including the brain - can get sick. We all experience emotional ups and downs caused by specific events in our lives, such as death in the family or a new job. Mental health conditions don't follow the rules of these typical reactions, however. They are medical conditions that cause changes in a  person's thoughts, feelings and mood. These changes can make it hard to relate to others and carry out daily functions. 

The good news is that there is help, and that these conditions can be treated. If you or someone you love has a mental health condition, it is important to know that recovery is possible." -National Alliance on Mental Health Illness

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