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Black Lawmakers Discuss Depression Taboo

10/11/2013

Black lawmakers from across the nation are tackling the issue of mental health in the African-American community.

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They're discussing the toll that depression and other issues are taking across the board. The National Black Caucus of State Legislators and Eli Lilly Inc hosted "Black America's Dialogue on Health" in Indianapolis Friday. Clinical Psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere says mere discussion about mental health issues and depression have long been taboo in the black community. However, he says the stigma is slowly lifting. Gardere says the current economy and social climate play roles in contributing to depression.

Indiana State Rep. Greg Porter says blacks can't continue to ignore depression and its impact. Indiana State Rep. Vanessa Summers says the state needs to find more resources to help those in need of counseling. She says that includes the prison population.

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