Urban League Of Greater OKC Creates Program To Raise Mental Health Awareness In Black Community

Urban League Of Greater OKC Creates Program To Raise Mental Health Awareness In Black Community

The Urban League of Greater OKC is tackling mental health in the black community with a new program focused on helping black men.

With funding from the Central Oklahoma United Way, the Urban League of Greater OKC decided to create a program to combat this called “Real Talk, Brother.”

“There is a great deal of stigma in the black community about counseling and mental health,” said Shani Nealy, vice president of administration for the Urban League of Greater OKC. “We wanted to break this stigma by showing people in a short clip that counseling is something that is acceptable and can help them at any point in their life.”

The program partners with barbers to help connect African American men of all ages to connect with counselors who are like them and who have had similar life experiences.

“Black men, we are always taught to be strong and to hide and hold back our emotions, and sometimes that can be a bad thing,” said Jamon Jones, the Scissorhands Fade N Up barber.

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