||School of Human Services and Sciences
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.