When Our Sisters Are Hurting…

Psychology Benefits Society

Depressed black woman

This blog post is one of many being featured as part of APA’s Mental Health Month Blog Day.

I'm Blogging for Mental Health.

By Alfiee Breland-Noble, PhD, MHSc (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Medical Center)

Karyn Washington’s unfortunate and untimely passing offers an opportunity for us to reflect on African American women, depression and suicide.

In early April 2014, Ms. Karyn Washington took her life after what appears to be a long standing battle with depression. This young woman was a blogger and advocate of self love and pride for African American and other women of color. Though I did not know her, I am always saddened to hear of the untimely passing of a young person, particularly due to a treatable illness like depression.

I would like to take the opportunity in this post to talk about the special considerations of African American women and girls struggling with depression and…

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