Tuesday, May 10, 2011
via the Black Gay Men's Blog, reposted by Keith R. Green
For those in the NYC area on Tuesday May 17th, this should be both informative and powerful! Check it out...
Depression among black gay men is one of those topics we don’t often discuss, which is slowly eating away at our community. Rates of depression in people with HIV are as high as 60%, compared with 5-10% of the general population. With the high incidence of HIV among black gay men, that would also suggest a high incidence of depression. In the black community, we still don’t talk about and address mental health and depression as much as we need too. Even if you don’t suffer from depression, you probably know someone who does. Too often, we accept certain behavioral patters as the norm, instead of seeing them as possible signs of depression. Drinking too much, always getting high on weed or other drugs, no longer engaging ion activities one used to enjoy, or unusual or scary behavior could all be signs of depression. Whether it is your own life, or the life of a friend or loved one, you might want to do something, before it is too late. There will be an open and frank discussion about depression and black gay men, at 6.00-8.00pm, on May 17 2011 at The Riverside Church in New York City, 91 Claremont Avenue (btw 120 & 121st Streets) Room 10 T. Look out for other forums in other cities – Washington DC, Raleigh NC, St. Louis MO. You must RSVP your attendance directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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