Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Black Women and the Weight of the World: When the Weight Becomes Too Much to Bear

April 26, 2023 @ 3:10 pm - 4:10 pm EDT

Black Women and the Weight of the World: When the Weight Becomes Too Much to Bear
April Edmonds
Black women have historically been seen as caretakers, nurturers, and the backbone that holds Black families together. Despite these perceptions, Black women continue to compete for workplace acceptance, equal pay, and something as simple as being able to wear their natural hair without fear of corrective action and ridicule. This leads to excessive pressure on Black women in their daily lives, yet mental health issues are not as widely and frequently discussed nor prioritized among this population.

Research shows when Black women seek mental health services, they are less likely than White women to get professional mental health services and treatment and are more susceptible to being misdiagnosed (Jones, 2015). Black women also experience higher rates of stress-related physiological illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and obesity (National Center for Health Statistics, 2007; Chinn et al., 2021).

This scholarship provides further exploration into the underrepresentation of mental health issues and treatment among Black women. This scholarship will also explore help-seeking behaviors among Black women when seeking mental health treatment and the various components that contribute to this issue. Recurring themes such as the Strong Black Woman Schema and Black Superwoman Phenomena are also contextualized including their implications among Black women.
April 26, 2023 3:10 PM – 4:10 PM EDT



April 26, 2023
3:10 pm - 4:10 pm EDT
Event Category: