Minority Mental Health Month

Edward Ahmed Mitchell and Aisha Hussain
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In April, two Johns Creek police officers shot a woman they said had a knife.  Shukri Said’s family recently watched dashcam footage of the shooting that killed her.

Said’s family says she suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but had not taken her medicine in months. 

Aisha Hussain said she called 911 on Saturday April 28 because she knew she couldn’t help Shukri. Her 36-year-old sister was hearing voices and was determined to leave the house they shared in Johns Creek. She never imagined Shukri would be killed, with five bullets from two police officers.

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For Latinos, living through current events in modern-day America can be incredibly stressful.

 

Recent sources of stress include the Trump administration's practice of separating children from their parents at the U.S. border and commercials from local candidates running for office threatening to round up immigrants.

 

 


On Second Thought for Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Jul 10, 2018
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Just over a year ago, the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a 25-year-old woman in Augusta, Georgia for allegedly leaking top secret information from the National Security Agency to the press. Last month, Reality Winner pled guilty to violating the Espionage Act. Winner was sentenced to 63 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Her prosecution is the first in the trump administration’s crackdown on whistleblowers.

 


Today, we’ll hear from three artists who have addressed the issue of mental illness in their music.

 

Many rap musicians have been reluctant to speak out due to the stigma, but these artists broke the silence.


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Stigma can be one of the main reasons people with mental illness might not seek treatment or take their medication.

In communities of color, that stigma can be worse. In a race conscious society, many say they don’t want to be perceived as having yet another deficit.

 


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In May, a study published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics found that African American children under the age of 12 are taking their lives at roughly twice the rate of their white counterparts.