My 2 Cents: Chris Reynolds Speaks About a Mental Health Crisis Facing the Black Community

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Chris Reynolds

The Black community is in the midst of a mental health crisis, in our community and across this nation.

With nearly 50 homicides in the city of buffalo this year, crime continues to escalate. Unemployment is at an all-tme high and the graduation rate here in the city is below the state average, at 46 percent!

You know African Americans make up about 12 percent of the country's population; Black people represent more than 25 percent of the nation's mental health needs.

Over the past 30 years, Black male suicide rates have climbed by more than 200 percent.

The depression rate among black women is 50 percent higher than their White counterparts.

The rising mental health needs among Black people are further compounded by the continued lack of mental health service utilization within the community.

Currently, Blacks account for 40 percent of the country's homeless population and nearly 50 percent of the prison population.

Almost 25 percent of Black youth are exposed to enough violence to meet the diagnostic criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder. It is time for our community to break the chains of psychological slavery, seek help, and gain knowledge of self!

I'm Chris Reynolds and that's My 2 Cents! Peace

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