On June 24 Speak Away the Stigma is hosting Mental Health Conversations: Dads & Depression. Therapist and author Richale R. Reed will be one of the speakers. Read more about why Richale decided on a career in the Mental Health field, what lead to the stigma around Mental Health and why she is speaking away the stigma of depression. The event will be held in Fayetteville, NC at the Cumberland County Headquarters Library Downtown from 2:00pm-4:00pm.
Hometown: Linden New Jersey Current city: Raeford, NC
Education: Masters in Professional Counseling Liberty University
Q: Why did you choose a career in Mental Health?
Due to my mother’s battle with mental illness, it greatly molded my life. I too have battled mental illness, specifically, depression in the past.
Q: What makes you a great Mental Health Professional?
A: I love what I get to do everyday!!
Q: Why do you believe there is a stigma surrounding mental illness and mental health?
A: Simply because we don’t talk about it…we were taught that it’s taboo! I know I was! I learned that there was no one there to listen as a child and it’s easy to keep that idea as an adult but I choose not to believe that.
Q: Do you think it is possible to eliminate that stigma? If so, how?
A: Forums like the one you are creating. We need a safe place to share our hearts.
Q: In your opinion what is the biggest obstacle when it comes to men getting care for their mental health?
A: The stigma that they are weak for seeking help is a major barrier.
Q: What is a common myth people have about going to therapy?
That its for “crazy” people when its for a any person who simply needs support.
Q: It is estimated that Depression affects 6 million men per year, how would you say that impacts communities or families?
A: Men are the backbones of our families so it would naturally negatively affect the family on all levels and the community.
I choose to Speak Away the Stigma of Depression because…….
I am now a part of this community and this is a way to share my support for it and my love for all people using the gifts I have been given. I want the men to represent on June 24th and let’s speak away the stigma!!!