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Mental Illness and Depression is Real Out Here

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In wake of Rob Kardashian’s rants against Blac Chyna (see the previous article), we can truly say that mental illness and depression is real and that people need to take these illnesses more seriously. Regardless of social status, race, gender, and sexual orientation, mental illness and depression does not discriminate and can affect anyone.

I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and I remembered learning in one of my courses about clinical depression and the various types of mental illnesses such a bi – polar, manic depression, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder etc. I can continue for days because there are so many illnesses. There are so many individuals who suffer from mental illness and depression and unfortunately, fail to seek the help they need. It has been reported that “43.8 million adults experience mental illness in a given year and ONLY 41% may seek any help” (National Alliance on Mental Illness site, 2017).

If people do not seek the help that they need, they can truly be on a path to destruction. Some people try to mask their illness by heavily indulging in drugs, alcohol, food, and other bad habits, secluding themselves from family and friends, eventually later developing other serious health issues, and even committing suicide. So that is why it is necessary for people who suffer from any form of mental illness and depression to seek some type of professional help. Unfortunately in the African American community, seeking help is a taboo and is not widely accepted, which is so stupid. If there is something wrong, why not utilize the resources that are available. Now I know we live in a prescription induced world and some doctors are quick to prescribe pills to help cope with illnesses but if people do not want to take meds, they have the right to seek other options for treatment.

As a young African-American woman, I am not afraid to say that I am a fan of therapy and seeking help because it is very beneficial. More people need to realize that it is okay to seek help when they are suffering from any mental illnesses and clinical depression because it is only right when you want to live your life and be happy!

Site: https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers

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Match Black Women brings Hi-tech Love to Matchmaking Services

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Match Black Woman brings Hi-tech Love to Matchmaking Services
New dating site offers innovative solutions for Black women 

Atlanta, GA: MatchBlackWoman.com offers dating and networking solutions for women of African ancestry to find compatible suitors. An innovating dating service, the site offers membership levels and business opportunities to not only connect with others, but monetize their time and investment.

Built on the belief that voluntarily connecting people who share common interests can lead to greater compatibility, the platform seeks to propose a solution by bridging the gap of a tough online dating market while providing a service for individuals who have an interest in dating Black Women.

The site has a number of features designed to help seekers find a potential mate. Women can meet single men, network with other women, receive matchmaking services, video chat, and participate in forums. There are also unique search options based on music preferences, eating habits, lifestyle, and more.

MatchBlackWomen.com is a social networking dating site designed from a womanist perspective. It includes the interests of women and includes forums to discuss issues relating to Black women and the broader community. It’s time we had our own space. This is a way to make things fun, interesting, and connect with like-minded people.

There are three membership options: Free, Gold, and Black Diamond. Free members can create a profile, post three photos and conduct member searches. The Gold level allows members to add up to six photos, send and receive unlimited messages, video chat, post on an activity wall, have access to forums and news, and set privacy limits. The premium Black Diamond level has all the features of the Gold level, with unlimited photos.

Business people have an added incentive: become an affiliate! Earn 55% commission per signup, making finding true love while getting paid even better! For more information on the site, or to express interest in the business opportunity, contact [email protected].

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Mom Gets Criticized for Showing Toddlers Kissing on The Mouth

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Mother of 3, Ashlee Muhammed receives backlash for her parenting skills, due to a viral video of her twin boys kissing on the lips.

Although most people seemed to think that the video showed an innocent sign of affection, others were not feeling the brotherly love.

All You NEED Is LOVE 🌹@supernovaandjetman

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One follower called Muhammed’s parenting skills reckless, despite her intended message.

Majority of the negative comments were received by black men.

They accused Muhammed of highlighting perversion and sexuality amongst toddlers. However, Muhammed defends her video.

She states that “The World needs more love like this”.

What are your thoughts, did she take brotherly love too far?

In the African-American community, it seems like we’re so afraid to teach boys to show affection because we’re in fear of them being gay. However, that’s a disturbing label to put on toddlers.

Do you think this warranted the drag session she received in the comments? She decided not to take the video down despite its controversy.

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Money Moves: New Year’s Financial Checklist Part 2

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Thanks for checking out Part 1, and we’re back with Part 2!  Let’s get to it!

Do you have savings?  This may sound like a silly question, but it may surprise you.  Did you know that 57% of Americans have less than $1000 in savings?  Are you included in that group?  If so, don’t feel bad.  You can turn this around.  The old saying is “plan for a rainy day”.  Well my new saying is “plan for a tsunami”.  An emergency fund of $1000 is a great place to start for savings. This will come in handy to pay for unexpected car repairs or medical bills, or an array of actual “emergencies”. $1000 may seem like a lot, but if you could put away $20 a week for one year you can attain this goal.

After you have allocated your emergency fund, you can focus on your general savings. A great way to save is to set savings goals.  Do you want to buy a new house? Are you in the market for a new car?  Perhaps you’ve been eyeing a new designer bag or shoes.  Whatever it may be, set savings goals and be diligent about achieving them.

Also, did the holidays hit you hard?  Have you been dying to take that trip to Dubai?  Creating a holiday fund account can ease the unnecessary stress of Christmas shopping, and reduce the risk of going into debt.  Summer will be here before you know it.  If you start saving now in a vacation account, you can take that dream vacation and do it in style.

 

Stay tuned for Part 3!  Have questions? We love to help!  Leave a comment or for more specific questions, email me at [email protected]

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