“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.