Comcast NBCUniversal: 'This Is Us' Was Just What We Needed
The storylines of NBC's hit TV show resonated with viewers across the country.
NBC's "This Is Us" captured the hearts of viewers to become the no. 1 new show of the 2016-17 season. The show was also the most talked-about new series of the season in all of television with nearly 7 million total social interactions.
Celebrities are seeking out ways to fight the mental health stigma within the Black community.
Studies show Black men are particularly concerned about the stigma of mental illness, and apprehensive about seeking help.
Wizdom Powell, PhD, MPH, director of the Health Disparities Institute at University of Connecticut Health and associate professor of psychiatry, said that men of color are generally discouraged from seeking any kind of help, including help with mental health issues.
But some brave men in the very public eye, have decided to tackle the issue hoping to change the way the Black community views getting help.
Earlier this month, Chance the Rapper donated $1 million to help improve mental health services in Chicago. Six mental health providers in Cook County will each get $100,000 grants, and SocialWorks is starting an initiative called "My State of Mind" to help connect people with treatment.
NFL player Brandon Marshall, who struggles with Borderline Personality Disorder, started a nonprofit Project 375.org to help eradicate stigma, increase awareness and improve training and care for youth. He wrote a powerful essay called "The Stigma," last year, where he was candid with his own battles and some of his coping mechanisms that included meditation and journaling.
The conversations around health are happening in other ways, in interviews, on albums, online and on screen.
Jay-Z has come out in interviews to talk about how the experience of therapy helped him grow as a man, overcoming situations, which he describes in his lyrics.
On his album "4:44," he released a mini documentary "Footnotes for MaNyfaCedGod," where he gathered a group of Black men to talk candidly about therapy, self-care, and mental health awareness.
He also advocated for therapy at younger ages and in schools.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson posted about his mother's suicide attempt on social media and went on "Oprah's Master Class" on OWN to discuss his own depression and how important it is to know that you are not alone in your struggles.
Rapper Kid Cudi, in posting about and seeking help for his anxiety struggles back in 2016, inspired users on social media to start the #YouGoodMan hashtag, which became a place for Black men to share knowledge and their stories with support.
Primetime TV shows are breaking the silence in the Black community as well.
Sterling K. Brown star of "This Is Us," Romany Malco Jr. of "A Million Little Things," and Kendrick Sampson and Issa Rae of "Insecure" all struggle on screen with issues and survive.
These actors are tackling conversations around getting help for depression, suicide ideation, panic attacks, and trauma — many issues that plague the Black community based on everyday living experiences.
And talking about it helps.
Marcus and Markeiff Morris, twin brothers and NBA players talked to ESPN about their struggles with depression and trauma from growing up in a violent neighborhood. Marcus Morris, who shared their story, encouraged others, "If you have depression, you should be trying to get rid of it instead of bottling it up and letting it weigh on you and weigh on you and weigh on you."
Markeiff, initially agreed to speak about his illness, but bowed out, possibly a sign that he's not quite ready. There are many men like him.
Hopefully, the more men that come forward to advocate and share, the more others will feel empowered to do the same.
Reader Question: Why do you think Black men struggle to speak openly about their how stress impacts their mental health?
Regulatory action underscores the treatment potential of Promacta for a rare and serious blood condition.
Novartis announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the company's supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) and granted Priority Review designation to Promacta (eltrombopag) in combination with standard immunosuppressive therapy (IST) for first-line treatment of severe aplastic anemia (SAA).
Wyndham Vacation Ownership Leads ARDA Honorees, Earning 18 Awards Including Highest Hospitality Recognition
WVO surpasses its own record number of wins at industry's annual ARDA World Event.
TD also made a $50,000 grant to the Surrey-based DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society.
TD officially opened a new branch serving Surrey, one of the fastest growing centres in B.C. The branch, located at 10835 City Parkway (unit 103) is located close to the Gateway Skytrain Station, Forsyth Park, Surrey City Hall and Fraser Health's corporate offices.
Meet the Vice President of Strategic Data and Digital at Novartis Oncology.
As part of "Novartis Presents: Women in Science" series, the company interviewed Mimi Huizinga, who serves as Vice President of Strategic Data and Digital at Novartis Oncology. Huizinga joined Novartis in August 2017 and since then has shown her devotion as an educator and an advocate for patients, families, front-line clinical staff and physicians. She is one of the key team members creating a digital revolution at Novartis.
Red Bulls and Prudential partner on Unified program.
The New York Red Bulls, in partnership with Prudential Financial, Inc., have signed 12 athletes from Special Olympics New Jersey to two-game contracts, the club announced. Prudential Financial is the proud presenting partner of the Red Bulls Special Olympics Unified Team.
Technology becomes integral part of the tax team.
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