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Mental Health in the African American Community…Its time to heal!

My 1st flyer Secret Battles

When I first started my show in 2018 I was in a difficult place mentally. I had just saw Brittney make a post looking for new Radio Shows. I use to listen when I could to her show Down and Dirty. I reached out to her about doing a show.

My first show idea I gave to her wasn’t that interesting. So I thought more on my show during my shower. I just had what I like to call a “Cleansing Cry” because I was stressed out. As a child my grandmother always taught me crying didn’t make you weak! It’s a was to release all the pain, hurt, anger and whatever else you’re holding in.

Unfortunately in our community crying is viewed as “weak”. During my Cleansing Cry I had an epiphany! Why do we pretend to always act as if we’re okay! Every one goes through ups and downs but we don’t talk about it. We put on a happy face, hold in emotions and live life. That’s when I came of with the saying “It’s okay to Not be okay, it’s time to heal.”

Secret Battles was about healing. Mental health in our community is not allowed to be talked about. We’re not allowed to be sad or hurt. We don’t talk about our problems. Families don’t talk to each other just hold in hate. We can’t go to counseling without being called crazy. We as a community need to change that.

Mental health is includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

  • Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
  • Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
  • Family history of mental health problems

Mental health problems are common but not talked about in the African American community. According to Big Think…

“Mental Health in the African American Community isn’t the Same as White Mental HealthSocial trauma shapes mental health in the black community. So says Dr. Michael Lindsey of NYU’s School of Social Work, who explains how violence and drugs in neighborhoods combine with discrimination and mistrust of institutions to create unique pressures.”

Check out the video below and let’s start opening up about mental health in our community. It’s time for us to heal. Happy 2nd Anniversary to Secret Battles now know as The DeAnna Kay show. I appreciate everyone who has supported me thus far. I pray I grow and glow. Thank you..

click the link below..


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