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Reclaiming Black masculinity: An L.A. father's journey toward healing himself, building community

Jason Armond • March 1, 2023

On a Saturday in downtown Los Angeles, morning sun streamed through a window illuminating a room where Bobby Brown lay meditating with about 100 other Black men.

In unison, the brotherhood of Black men breathed in and out together as the sweet smell of palo santo incense rode the resonant sound bath waves through the room.

“Stress from this week, last year, [the] pandemic, childhood trauma, relationship issues, spirituality, spiritual warfare, depression, anxiety, uncertainty, being broke as hell,” sound healer Lee-Lonn Walker said to the group. “Release it.”

Reclaiming Black Masculinity

5 Reasons Suicide Is on the Rise in the Black Community, According to a Psychiatrist

By Maia Niguel Hoskin, PhD

Medically Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH

Reviewed: May 17, 2022

Suicide rates are climbing in Black communities around the United States. Psychiatrist Patrice Harris, MD, a former president of the American Medical Association, discusses what factors may be driving this increase.

ITwo devastating losses to suicide in the Black community marked the beginning of 2022: the deaths of attorney, former Miss USA, activist, and entertainment news correspondent Cheslie Kryst, and of up-and-coming DJ and songwriter Ian King Jr., who was also the son of Academy Award–winning actress Regina King.

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Addressing the Lack of Black Mental Health Professionals

By Lisa O'Malley • November 17, 2021

Over the last year, Black communities experienced an inordinate amount of hardship. A recent study of first-year college students by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that Black students showed the highest increase in rates of depression. Other research has shown that they often do not get the mental health help they need. Only 25 percent of Black students reported seeking out psychological treatment compared with nearly 45 percent of White students, according to a report in the Journal of Adolescent Health. One of the greatest barriers for students of color in accessing these services is the lack of diverse counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists on college campuses.

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How and Why Music is Therapy is Effective

How Music Can Be Therapeutic

By Updated on March 05, 2020 by Elizabeth Scott, PhD Medically reviewed Carly Snyder, MD

Each July, cities across the U.S. observe National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in efforts to increase awareness about  the unique struggles that racial and ethnic minority communities face regarding mental illness in America.Listening to music can be a quick route to getting yourself into a better mood, but it's becoming increasingly clear that there's much more to the benefits of music than just a quick boost for your outlook. Research has shown that music has a profound effect on your body and psyche. In fact, there’s a growing field of healthcare known as music therapy, which uses music to heal.

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