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Black America Urged to Confront Its Secret Pain: Depression
Date:9/28/2007

- Eddie Levert, Terrie M. Williams Speak Out on Mental Health Crisis Facing Black Women -

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Experts in mental health, Members of Congress and other prominent African Americans today converged at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 2007 Annual Legislative Conference to shed light on issues surrounding "Black Women Surviving Unmet Mental Health Needs." Rep. Julia Carson (D - IN) together with the Depression Is Real Coalition hosted this special session with keynote speakers Eddie Levert, legendary singer of The O'Jays, and Terrie M. Williams, mental health advocate and acclaimed author.

Eddie Levert, for the first time, passionately lent his voice and visibility to the cause of mental health in Black America and demonstrated his commitment to speaking out about the effect of depression as witnessed and experienced in his family.

"Black women have always taken care of us -- their men, their children, and their community. I have seen first-hand the damaging effects of depression, and it's past time we support our women and educate the black community to recognize depression for what it is -- a medical illness that is nothing to be ashamed of," said Levert.

According to a survey conducted by Mental Health America, 63 percent of people in the African American community believe depression is a personal weakness, while only 31 percent believe it is a medical health problem.

"One thing about black women is that they are survivors," said Rep. Carson. "But we need to do more than survive -- we need to solve a growing crisis among black women who remain silent about this disease in an effort to appear strong. I want black women to find the healing they deserve which will help our families and communities prosper like never before."

"Black women are significantly impacted by mental health problems and yet are reluctant to acknowledge that depression is a serious, biologically-b
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