When our love is not enough
What attitudes have you noticed in your church and among your fellow clergy about seeking professional bereavement support or other types of mental health services?
How might these attitudes encourage or discourage families from seeking professional bereavement support services?
Annelle Primm, MD, MPH, Director of American Psychiatric Association’s Department of Minority and National Affairs, talks about the issues that keep African Americans from seeking mental health services and from acknowledging depression and other problems. While bereavement is not a mental illness, the same attitudes and beliefs exist and can prevent families from seeking help. In some cases, the pain of loss can intensify existing mental health problems or lead to depression, a treatable mental health diagnosis.
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