Does Fear of Mental Illness Hinder Therapy?

Depression, paranoia, schizophrenia are seen as scary words and even more frightening realities. Does our fear of talking about mental illness keep us from getting help? African Americans facing mental health issues aren't always likely to get therapy or medical support.

We continue our month-long series on mental health with a look at the ways black communities are getting over the stigma of therapy.

Joining our conversation are Janice Sanchez — psychology professor at Old Dominion University and the author of The First Session With African-Americans: A Step-By-Step Guide — and Laverne Williams, a community outreach educator for the Mental Health Association in New Jersey.

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