First, let me say that depression is a serious and growing problem in America.
Too many people focus on their physical and neglect their mental health. This is a mistake. And folks should recognize when someone they love is suffering from mental problems.
Mr. Johnson survived, but we just lost a beautiful young blogger due to her struggles with depression.
One can only wonder why someone in Andre Johnson's life didn't see the signs that led him to do the unthinkable.
"The Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated rapper who cut off his penis before leaping off the second-floor balcony of his North Hollywood apartment has lost the appendage for good, according to a report.
Andre Johnson — who raps under the name Christ Bearer — was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after he apparently flayed himself during the bizarre suicide bid early Wednesday, TMZ reported.
But doctors were unable to reattach the severed penis, the website reported." [Source]
Lord have mercy! I am trying but I can't do this. I am in pain just thinking about it.
Anyway, the young man is in stable condition, and even though he won't get his johnson back, at least he will live. Living being a relative term at this point.
You Negroes in America need to take note:
"Studies done by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) show that African Americans and whites experience depression differently. Black Americans are less likely than whites to have a major depressive disorder (MDD), said NIMH, but when they do, it’s more severe and less likely to be treated. Add to that the stigma around mental illness, and you have a recipe for tragedy. Among blacks who experienced MDD, the rate of chronic depression was 56.5 percent, compared with whites with MDD, who experienced chronic depression at a rate of 38.6 percent.
According to a recent Washington Post report by Tara Bahrampour, more African Americans are seeking help for mental illness. Said Bahrampour:
Many people, regardless of race, have a hard time talking about mental illness. But for many African Americans, the topic has carried particularly negative connotations — to the point where it’s easier to talk about drug or alcohol addiction than depression or anxiety. In 2008, whites received mental health treatment or counseling at nearly twice the rate of blacks, and whites received prescription medication for mental health-related issues at more than twice the rate of blacks, according to the 2010 National Healthcare Disparities Report.
But African Americans’ acceptance of therapy has been rising in the past decade, providers say, particularly among the young and those with more education and in those urban areas with large black populations.
There have been no large-scale studies about the recent shift, but providers interviewed said they have seen it in their work and in their communities.Still, barriers of stigma and distrust aren’t easily overcome.
“There’s some shame and embarrassment,” Damian Waters, a marriage and family therapist whose clients are predominantly African American, told Bahrampour. “You’ll tell someone that you went to the doctor, but you won’t tell that you went to the counselor or psychiatrist. Also, there is the idea that their faith should carry them through, though often their problems are larger than that.”
Yes, always remember, "Faith alone without works is dead".