Black Women's Mental Health: It Takes Courage to Ask for Help!

Depression can be as sneaky as a sucker punch; you often don't see it coming. A variety of circumstances put Black women at high risk for mental and emotional stress - economic insecurity, responsibilities of caregiving, neighborhood violence, lack of social support and physical illness or disability. As a result, many are plagued by tension, anxiety, worry and fear. Because of the powerful and complex links between the mind, emotions and body, chronic states of stress and anxiety can have dangerous and sometime fatal, health consequences. In addition, the daily struggles of coping with racism and sexism further exacerbate mental and emotional stress.

Dec. 2007/Jan. 2008 Issue Guide

Toxic Chemicals and Black Women's Health

Black women are at a higher risk of death from many types of cancer, including breast cancer. Many studies show that although Black women are diagnosed with breast cancer less often than White women, many factors play a role in decreasing our chances of survival and enjoying a healthy life again after we are diagnosed. Research shows that our exposure to toxic chemicals (in our homes, beauty products, places of work, and the environment) can lead to serious health risks. With our day-to-day stresses and struggles, we might feel that these environmental issues are too big or out of our control to change. However, we must raise our awareness and speak out about these issues. Getting to know the dangers of the toxins around us and how we can limit our exposure can help us decrease our health risks. Working toward ending the use of dangerous chemicals, protecting workers from exposure, and cleaning up our communities can make a difference in our health, along with the health of our families, and our entire community.