SAN ANTONIO – Mental health issues are mounting in the wake of COVID-19, making it a priority discussion nationwide.
However, some racial groups are historically hesitant to seek help.
Local psychologist Dr. Eboney Jackson said the stigma of mental illness and seeking counseling is prevalent in the black community.
She said although it’s slowly getting better, the barriers are rooted in historical, structural racism.
For Jackson, breaking the stigma of mental healthcare in the black community comes from a very personal place.
“Many therapists and psychologists such as myself got into this field because we want people who look like us to know that it’s okay to get help, and maybe people are more comfortable seeing someone who looks like them,” she said.
Dr. Jackson wrote her whole dissertation on the subject. The reasons are expansive and she said they originate from institutional racism throughout history.
“Thinking about the Tuskegee