TERRIE M. WILLIAMS, BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF "BLACK PAIN: IT JUST LOOKS LIKE WE'RE NOT HURTING"PRAISES KID CUDI FOR INSPIRING BLACK MEN TO TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH & DEPRESSION
Terrie M. Williams
New York, NY (October 7, 2016)-Best-selling author and mental health expert
Terrie M. Williams is commending the courageous Grammy-award winning recording artist Kid Cudi for publicly exposing his struggles with depression-- and seeking professional help for having suicidal urges. Kid Cudi was candid about his depression and shared it publicly on social media this week that he's taking a break from his career to care for his personal health. In a courageous post on Facebook, he admitted he had been living a lie with anxiety and depression ruling his life. Williams says, "The greatest gift he could give our brotherhood is to courageously peel off the mask and let other Black men know that they are not alone. He is saving lives."
Depression is a commonality in the Black community that Terrie Williams has been speaking about for years after her own mental health issues consumed her life. In her best-selling book BlackPain: It Just Looks Like We're Not Hurting that was published in 2008, Williams recounted her personal struggles with depression and the impact the stigma of mental illness has, particularly in the African American community.
Since the release of her book, Williams has worked with countless individuals who struggle with depression.
When Williams battled severe depression, she was at the top of her career professionally. She had a highly successful public relations company with such clients as Eddie Murphy, Miles Davis and Johnnie L. Cochran and was one of the most successful communications practitioners in the country. Yet she was in constant pain, waking up in terror, overeating in search of relief. For thirty years she kept on her game face of success, exhausting herself daily to satisfy her clients' needs while neglecting her own.
According to Williams in the book Black Pain, a depressed Black man might be the most energetic man you know, a ball of fire who never stops moving or doing, whether or not the moving gets him anywhere or the doing does anything. A depressed Black man might be accomplished in all kinds of socially acceptable areas (career, church, sports, school), or he might be the kind of man who can't stop making everything worse for himself and anyone who loves him. What most depressed men have in common, and depressed Black men in particular, is that they will do anything not to wind up sitting with unbearable feelings. That's why it's so often underlying depression: that unexplored and not discussed pain-- that underlies the destructive and self-destructive actions in the lives of way too many of our brothers. How many? Well, according to statistics, only 9 percent of men have suffered or will ever suffer from depression-but statistics are only just so accurate. They never tell more than a small part of the story.
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