Pastor Adrian Crawford Explains Why Stigmatizing Depression in the Black Community and Viewing It as a ‘White People Problem’ Causes So Much Damage in the Church

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There’s long been a stigma attached to mental illness in the church, but did you know that historically, depression and suicide were dubbed “white people problems” in African American communities? Though it made his battle with depression that much harder, that reality didn’t stop God from working through Pastor Adrian Crawford to help him overcome his struggles and raise awareness about mental health in his church.

“Growing up, there really was a stigma,” Crawford says. “… I’m the descendant of a great-great grandfather [who] was a slave himself and a lot of things with African Americans and in our country—it was really [horrible]. And so it was the fact that, man, there was just the idea of surviving, you know.

“In the black community, we’re starting to see the trauma of what life has taught. And so now it’s actually becoming a thing, you’re starting to see some mental health facilities and things popping up more in African American communities. You’re starting to see this being talked more about among black leaders. … But growing up, it was a heavy stigma. So I credit my parents; they took me to a psychiatrist when I was younger, they started noticing some things.”

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SOURCE: Charisma News