The Walking Wounded

Depression is a debilitating medical condition that affects blacks as it does no other group. Left unchecked it can affect much more than your mood—it can ruin your health

“As we treat depressed individuals, we also have to treat the community in order to address the larger issues that are affecting our environment,” advises Newton. “Anything less is a Band-Aid.”

Help for depression
Every year about 14 million Americans suffer from some type of depressive illness and according to several reports, blacks are particularly at risk. Here’s a list of resources for those at risk or battling a depressive disorder.

National Organization of People of Color Against Suicide works to increase suicide awareness within minority communities and seeks to educate individuals about prevention and intervention, as well as provide support services to families and communities impacted by depression and suicide.

The National Institute of Mental Health works to broaden understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through research and thereby facilitate prevention, recovery, and a cure.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration aims to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness, and to disseminate substance abuse and mental health services to populations most in need.

Mental Health America, formerly known as the National Mental Health Association, advocates for changes in policy and provides services and programs for the general public and those at risk.

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    Thank you for covering this very important topic of “Depression” as it relates to Black Americans. The title “the Walking Wounded” grabbed my attention. Afterall, so many of my federal colleagues who seek to expose racial discrimination suffer from generalized anxiety disorders, major depression, post- traumatic stress disorder and other resulting health problems due to years of being subjected to a hostile work environment. Even in this “new racial era”, hundreds of thousands of public servants face workplace discrimination and retaliation for reporting civil rights injustices. I, too, have suffered. I have experienced the sadness, the social withdrawal, and many of the symptoms addressed in the present article. Years of lengthy litigation (class action against the U.S. Department of Commerce) and work-place ill-treatment with no managerial accountability takes its’ toll. It leaves one feeling empty. A very dear friend of mine, a retired U.S. Marshal, who proved discrimination against the Department of Justice’s Marshal Service, was left to litigate his case for roughly 25 years (a quarter of a century). In the end, he prevailed. However, the exposure of racism and protracted litigation caused injury that no amount of money can ever compensate for.

    In an effort to give my personal pain, PURPOSE, I founded the Coalition For Change, Inc. (C4C). It serves to provide informational and spiritual support for Black public servants who bravely expose civil rights violations. It also serves to address race discrimination in the federal government thereby improving the administration of public goods and services. Our members are brilliant and educated present and former public servants, who find therapeutic value in helping others and society. Our members recently submitted a report to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health. Within the coming months we will post our report on the C4C, Inc. website at
    Tanya Ward Jordan, Founder
    The Coalition For Change, Inc. (C4C)

  • Ninette Allen

    I understand what the people in the article went through. I have had cases of depression all my life. Your past affects the present and future of your life. I had to come to grips being abandoned as a child without loving affection from my family. Understand your problem(s) that cause the depression by getting help and confronting it head on by talking about to anyone that will listen including yourself. Love yourself and always be positive no matter what. As long as you are able to open your eyes everyday, it is a great day!!

  • Thank you so much for writing this article and writing about my cousin, Stephen, from Cloumbus, GA. His mother was my first cousin and we loved her as we love him and always wanted to do something to make him feel better and to some how make his pain go away. It (derpession) which has followed him for all these years now has a name. We pray that now that he knows what it is that he can finally move forward. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for featuring him in your article. May God Bless and Keep you and your family in his Grace.


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