Does acting like 'a man' depress black men?

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Studies have shown that men in general tend to be more withdrawn about their feelings. African-American men seem to suffer even more than the average man, due to racial discrimination. However, professor and researcher Wizdom Powell Hammond discovered through research that men who speak out and express their feelings are less likely to become depressed. Black reports:

Nestled among depressing updates about the Trayvon Martin atrocity and the lesser-known racialized police slayings of Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr., and Ramarley Graham, I stumbled on some promising news on the Black male survival front.

In a new study published in the big-deal American Journal of Public Health, UNC Chapel Hill professor and researcher Wizdom Powell Hammond, Ph.D. found that brothers who openly discuss their everyday struggles with racial discrimination are less likely to suffer depression than those who keep their feelings inside.

This is no small thing given that suicide is the third most common cause of death for Black boys and men ages 15 to 24 and that Black men are five times more likely to kill themselves than Black women. And note that these stats don’t include less dramatic forms of self-destruction like skipping preventative health screenings.

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