After prison, freeing the mind through reading and writing

This story was originally published on Black News & Views online version on Sept. 2, 2022 Gary Jaggers had spent nearly 40 years in prison when he discovered a way to escape his confinement, at least in his mind: reading and writing. And now that he’s been released, reading books and writing poetry and short...

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The Stigma of Seeking Mental Healthcare Hurts Traumatized Teens

IMessage Saviors    November, 2018 Four African American teenaged girls started a group-chat that was originally intended to be about gossip and interesting situations they’d come across in their communities. However, it wound up leaving a more serious mark on each of its members. As the members became more open to each other, the group...

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The Stigma of Seeking Mental Healthcare Hurts Traumatized Teens

THE STIGMA OF SEEKING MENTAL HEALTHCARE HURTS TRAUMATIZED TEENS   BY JANIYA BATTLE When trauma in the black community is discussed, and its causes and possible cures are talked about in public, a key topic is often left out. That would be mental health issues, the kind that are often caused or made worse by issues...