Breaking the Barriers: African American Male Wellness Agency’s Real Men, Real Talk Initiative Tackles Mental Health Concerns of Black Men

AAMWA fosters a supportive community for mental wellness among Black men.

In an effort to address the mental health concerns of African American men, the African American Male Wellness Agency has been running their Real Men, Real Talk initiative for years. The initiative aims to encourage open discussions among Black men about their traumas, experiences and struggles. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, suicide is the third leading cause of death for Black men between the ages of 15 and 24.

Research from the National Institute of Health highlights that people of color are more likely to drop out of therapy due to cultural barriers with their therapist. Dr. Rayshawn Wilson, Director of Mental Wellness at the African American Male Wellness Agency, acknowledges this challenge. He notes that trauma, unforgiveness, racism and discrimination are significant reasons why Black men seek therapy or attend events.

The Real Men, Real Talk initiative provides a safe space for Black men to connect with individuals they can trust and relate to. This platform allows them to find mentors, share experiences and support one another. Dr. Wilson emphasizes the importance of community in helping individuals open up and discover strategies for coping with their challenges.

The African American Male Wellness Agency operates in 18 cities nationwide including Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo. They will be hosting a national Real Men, Real Talk event on July 18th as part of their mission to promote mental wellness among Black men.

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