Atlanta Podcast 'Therapy For Black Girls' Breaks Down Mental Health Stigma
African-Americans are 10 percent more likely to report experiencing serious mental health problems than their white counterparts, according to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. Even when people have the resources to access professional help, they might not find psychologists who look like them or share their experiences.
The podcast, "Therapy for Black Girls," promotes mental and emotional wellness for African-American women. It offers resources on topics like anxiety, body image and perfectionism. Joy Harden, an Atlanta-based psychologist, hosts the podcast. She joined "On Second Thought" to discuss her work and the podcast's evolution since 2017.
According to a 2013 study by the American Psychological Association, a little over 80 percent of the psychology workforce is white. African-American practitioners make up around 5 percent of the workforce. To help listeners and community members connect with African-American female therapists, Bradford created a directory on her website with listings for therapists all over the country.
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