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  • Justin D Jenkins

Black Man, Get You Some Therapy

Black Man, there is power in making your mental health top priority. The Quintessential Gentleman recognized the importance of Black men and their mental health with our latest digital series, Black Man, Get You Some Therapy, in partnership with Real Talk Sessions Series. The conversation around Black men and mental health is scarce. Although times are changing and more people are starting to engage and discuss the importance of mental health, Black men are often left out of the conversation. Depression, anxiety, past trauma, suicidal thoughts and other factors all contribute to our relationship with mental health. Generational teachings have taught us that we should not cry, show emotion and always be strong. Those teachings led many of us to believe in the “Man up” logic.

As the conversation continues, The Quintessential Gentleman partnered with Real Talk Session Series to put action behind the conversation by creating a positive space for Black men to express themselves and get the help they need. Ultimately, we are advocates for therapy, another topic that was taught to us with a negative light, but what if some of us shared certain experiences? What if by hearing and seeing someone who looks like us gave us quick tidbits on some of the issues we face, helps us start our healing?

Black Man, Get You Some Therapy was created to inspire Black men to understand that their feelings are valid, and that there is help and resources for them to seek help.

Each episode of the digital series features Pervis Taylor, Jean Semelfort and Ted Peterson, discussing a topic and providing ways to acknowledge, cope and heal.

Check out what we learned from the first season.

Anger Episode

During our first episode, we discussed anger, an emotion so many of us suppress and have an unhealthy relationship with.

What we learned:

  • Anger can be constructive or destructive.

  • Anger is a natural emotion that most of us seem to forget.

  • It is okay to accept your anger, just find a healthy outlet to help that emotion pass.

  • Anger is a secondary emotion, the primary emotion is hurt.

  • We must first acknowledge anger in order to address it.

High Functioning Depression Episode

During our second episode, we discussed a topic that has seemed to be hidden in our community. Oftentimes, since we are thriving and excelling, we never take the time out to acknowledge our sadness or hurt. "Hustle Culture" pushes us to keep going, all in an effort to achieve the “American Dream.” In this episode, we look further into what may cause high-functioning depression.

What we learn:

  • High-Functioning Depression is difficult to detect

  • Imposter syndrome is an indicat