Today, I want to talk about Mental Health. Now, I am no expert in this subject and had to do extensive research so don’t shoot the messenger. 🙂 Today’s topic is stemming from Tyrese and his recent appearance in the news. To make a long story short, or at least try to make a long story short, Tyrese has been in legal battles with his ex-wife Norma over their 10 year old daughter. Tyrese has recently decided to be intimate with social media and air all of his business out. Now I am a firm believer in keeping your private life off of social media, especially things that should not be put out there, this is one of them. Last month, TheShadeRoom posted that a video that showed what appeared to be a plane flying with a banner that read “No matter what, Daddy loves you Shayla” over his daughter’s school the day she was supposed to testify against him. Now pause for a second, I am no lawyer or person who has an interest in law, but isn’t that like bribery or something a long those line, attempting to threaten the witness? Anywho, the most recent outburst from Tyrese was a video were he cried and pleaded with the mother of his daughter, his friends, and whoever else would listen, “Don’t take my baby, please don’t take my baby” while wearing and consistently putting the camera on his “Shayla Rocks” hoodie. This past Monday, he posted another post on Instagram where he shared that Jada and Will Smith had given him $5 million with the caption “[…] You guys have asked me to get off and stay off the Internet now that my daughters legal fees will be paid ! will listen…” all while still airing out personal information.
The topic recently has been on Tyrese’s mental health. Is he just seeking attention because he hasn’t been in the spotlight as much recently or should we really be paying attention to his mental health? In September, his ex-wife told People that the singer was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. Things going on with the Fast and the Furious movie, legal issues with his daughter, allegedly not having money and any other issues could probably hit a few triggers for Tyrese and could be the cause of his recent outbursts. Mental Health is real and it is especially real amongst African Americans. I think it is always so crazy and disgusting when we try to downplay it as something else. I remember back in February, I felt like maybe I was stressed and depressed, however I began to downplay it as just PMSing. But I was always crying, stressed, and even began to start losing hair, but I never wanted to go to the doctors to get an appropriate analysis. According to KultureHub, from 2014-2015, only 9 percent of Black Americans voluntarily sought out psychological help according to a study conducted by National Institute of Mental Health, which is also why African Americans are 20% likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population. All in all, I just want to know where is Tyrese’s publicst, manager, friends, family to take any his phone and get him the help that he needs?
Below are tips and information about Mental Health within the African American community:
Common Mental Health Disorders among African Americans include:
- Major DEPRESSION
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
- Suice (among Young African American men)
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), because African Americans are more likely to be victims of violent crimes)
Different Reasons as to Why African Americans do not seek treatment and receiving quality care:
- Lack of information and misunderstanding: African Americans think that having a mental illness is a personal weakness and associate shame and stigma with such conditions
- Faith, spirituality and community: African Americans tend to turn to faith, family and social communities as opposed to health care professionals
- Reluctance and Inability to Access Mental Health Services: Misdiagnoses, inadequate treatment and lack of culture competence by health professionals and socio-economic factors are apart of reason why African Americans do not seek treatment
- Medication: African Americans metabolize medication a lot slower than the general population
Basically, as someone who realizes the stigma of mental illness in the African American community, if you ever feel like you have depression, ADHD, feel suicidal, or have PTSD please seek help immediately. 800-662-HELP (4357) National Treatment Referral Helpline.