By now you all have probably seen the infamous Ray Rice elevator tape (If you haven’t a simple Google search will get you there). What occurs in that 30 seconds of footage is concerning for a lot of reasons. There is the obvious issue of domestic violence and even talk about what is wrong or right.
One conversation that too few people are having is one that addresses healing. When you fall from grace, is it possible to come back? If you’re in a dark place, is it possible to see light? Can you walk away from the people, situations, and things that harm you or hold you back? Is it possible to heal?
In this edition of the Weekly Wisdom, we want to take a closer look at healing. Check below for several articles that explore this topic, and if you’re in need of more, feel free to browse the archives.
The stigma associated with mental illness may be one of the leading reasons why people avoid seeking the support of close family and friends, and even the help of mental health professionals. But when we take the steps necessary to rid ourselves of shame, we become empowered and gain access to the wellness we so desperately crave.
When I was 15 years old, I was raped. My attacker wasn’t some stranger who abducted me. He wasn’t someone I feared. My attacker was my boyfriend. The first time he raped me, I felt damaged and confused. I was unsure about how I should feel, and I didn’t know where to turn.
Seeking the help of a professional means that you know deep within yourself that there is something better awaiting you. It also means you’ve decided to place your well-being in the forefront of your life. Sometimes trusting in your own judgment when going through a difficult time is easier said than done, so when the worry, shame, or hopelessness gets the best of you, follow these steps to make the process of seeking help a little easier.
By John Head
In mainstream society depression and mental illness are still somewhat taboo subjects; in the black community they are topics that are almost completely shrouded in secrecy. As a result, millions of black men are suffering in silence or getting treatment only in extreme circumstances–in emergency rooms, homeless shelters, and prisons. Black Men and Depression challenges the African American community and the psychiatric community to end the suffering of black men, and address what can be done by loved ones to help those who need it most. Find it on Amazon.
This article is intended for general education purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional counseling or medical care. If you are interested in seeking professional counseling, please contact The Stone Foundation by clicking here, or by phone at 410-296-2004.
Melissa Brooks-Cuffee holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from Towson University: one in Psychology, the other in English. She has sustained memberships with both the Psi Chi and Lambda Iota Tau honor fraternities, and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. Melissa also volunteers with E-buddies-a program of Best Buddies International.