Mental Health

NASHVILLE — Public health officials say more Tennesseans are now eligible for free mental health services under the state's behavior health safety net program. Under legislation that went into effect Monday, the mental health program for the state's uninsured was given an additional $5 million. It broadened eligibility by changing...
Tennessee State Rep. Antonio Parkinson (D-Memphis) recalled the grim day that he witnessed violence outside of his apartment as a 4-year-old growing up in Los Angeles. “I remember seeing a man lying outside on the steps, and he was bleeding out,” Parkinson recounted. “My mother told us to walk around...
In the last few years at least, there has been some pushback against the prevailing notion of the “strong black woman” as a good thing, as black women themselves have recognized that vulnerability and yes, selfishness, is an important part of a healthy mental make up. Like so many...
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Taraji P. Henson has been doing the work, the work to end the stigma surrounding mental illness in the black community, and the urgency of the issue brought her to tears while she was being honored for her efforts at Variety magazine’s Power of Women New York lunch. In September,...