Mental Health Literacy & Black Men: A Critical Exploration of Intersecting Black Male Perspectives

ID: 4118
School: School of Human Services and Sciences
Program: Psychology
Status: Ongoing
Start date: January 2020
End Date: December 2021


Depression has been cited as the leading cause of disability globally, affecting more than 300 million people. Much research has been conducted on the topic, yet there is still a dearth of research on mental health among young Black men. Black men are likely to experience greater psychosocial stressors and higher mortality rates than their White counterparts. However, rates of depression among Black men remain consistently lower, with some suggesting that that though less frequent, instances of depression in Black men are more severe. The purpose of this study is to facilitate a discussion of mental health knowledge with Black men. As Black men are a heterogenous group, it is imperative that we consider many intersecting identities of Black men. This particular study examines the experiences of Deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing Black men. This study aims to explore their knowledge related to signs/symptoms of mental illness, preventative and self-help measures, mental health resources and mental health first-aid along with the sources of that knowledge. The study asks how Black men learn about mental health, from whom and how formal knowledge relates to community experience.

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