MILWAUKEE – Community leaders in Milwaukee gathered on Friday to empower men to become more aware of their mental, physical and emotional health, while telling them it’s okay to ask for help.
“We have to save ourselves. We cannot wait for someone to come and save us,” said Clem Richardson, pastor of Kingdom Empowered Ministries.
It’s a mission dear to Richardson’s heart: to help black men in the community pay more attention to their health.
“We bring solutions and we bring love and we bring information,” said Pastor Richardson.
That’s why he and other religious leaders, as well as community organizations, came together to organize a “Men’s Health Night”. They talked about stress, mental health, and other issues that are usually not discussed in men.
“As men, we are taught to be strong, not to cry. A lot of times we take a lot of things and just hold those things, and can’t get them out,” said Robert Jackson, CEO of Raising. the bar.
There was a lot of camaraderie and difficult conversations.
“The stigma is that if you talk about your mind or if there are problems then you are seen as crazy. We’re trying to figure out how to bring these barriers down,” said Bashir Easter, deputy director of “All of the program. looking for us.
According to the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, black men are four times more likely to kill themselves than black women.
“You kind of suppress a lot of things that you feel, and when they do end up coming out, they come out the wrong way. They come out in a violent way, they come out in an addictive way,” Unity Gospel said. House of Prayer Senior Pastor, Marlon Lock.
This is why leaders say it is essential that these types of conversations continue to take place in the community.
“We’re going to need men. We’re going to need men coming together to have these conversations and say, tell me why you don’t talk about these issues,” Easter said.
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